New Hotmail Wave 5 look, features spotted

By Kip Kniskern | Posted June 16, 2011 97 comments

Thanks to a couple of tips it looks like Hotmail has a bit of a new look and at least one new feature.  Last week we showed you that the new consolidated header for SkyDrive is already appearing on “Hotmail Calendar” (what we’ve previously known as Windows Live Calendar), and now a couple of readers have spotted the new header appearing on Hotmail, as well.

First up, AstroXP tipped us on Twitter that he’s seeing the Wave 5 header in Hotmail:

hotmail-header

…and then from Brazil, we get a look at a new feature for Hotmail, called “Message Pre-loading”,  according to our tipster Rodrigo:

I run a blog about Microsoft/Windows in Brazil and, thank for readers tips, I’ve found out a totally new option on Hotmail. It’s called “Message pre-loading” and, when activated, it pre-loads messages and folders in Hotmail in order to make them load faster. It’s noticeable the bump on speed!

You can read Rodrigo’s write up (in Portuguese) on his blog, but here’s a screenshot he provided:

message-pre-loading

(Thanks for the tips, guys!  Remember you can always tip us at tips *at* liveside *dot* net!)

Indeed, we’re seeing the new features here, as well.  Has Hotmail been upgraded for you?

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 12:38 pm
Category: Featured, News
Tags: Hotmail, Wave 5
  • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897
    • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

      And yes, I’m seeing the new features too. What’s more, I’ve got a partner account, which usually means a delay in getting new features.

  • jvd897
    • jvd897

      And yes, I’m seeing the new features too. What’s more, I’ve got a partner account, which usually means a delay in getting new features.

  • Ray Wall

    Yes, I noticed the new header for Hotmail yesterday (Wednesday).  I just checked and it also has the “pre-load messages” option as well.

  • Ray Wall

    Yes, I noticed the new header for Hotmail yesterday (Wednesday).  I just checked and it also has the “pre-load messages” option as well.

  • DukeNukem

    Here in belgium I’ve got the new header and option in Hotmail to. It’s even translated into the local Dutch language.

  • DukeNukem

    Here in belgium I’ve got the new header and option in Hotmail to. It’s even translated into the local Dutch language.

  • http://twitter.com/greendudeTV TV

    I use the desktop application Windows Live Mail to view my mail….

  • http://twitter.com/greendudeTV TV ϟ

    I use the desktop application Windows Live Mail to view my mail….

  • Anonymous

    will there be a thick version of windows live photo gallery in Wave 5?

  • frankwick

    will there be a thick version of windows live photo gallery in Wave 5?

  • http://www.about.me/liamdaly Liam

    Upgraded here but I don’t tend to use Hotmail website I just check email on my phone when its pushed.

  • http://www.about.me/liamdaly Liam Daly

    Upgraded here but I don’t tend to use Hotmail website I just check email on my phone when its pushed.

  • http://anothersoandso.tumblr.com/ Christopher Barry

    I’ve found an interesting new feature: Mark As-> “My Friend’s Been Hacked!” http://cl.ly/7ha2

    • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

      That is AWESOME. Knowing my friends, I’ll be getting a lot of use out of that. Thanks for sharing!

    • jnt

      joke right?  good idea though… 

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Be careful with the “My Friend’s been Hacked!” feature: we just tried it (your “friend” must be a Windows Live friend), and our “friend” was immediately removed, apparently, from our contact list.  No confirmation, or explanation of what was about to happen.  We’ll investigate further, but there looks to be pretty severe consequences for a single click.

      • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

        Thanks for the heads-up, Kip. I was just about to try this out — glad I didn’t!

      • Sam Albert

        @Kip:   We’ll only remove your friend from your
        contact list if you’ve junked the message and clicked “Delete and block contact”.  If someone you know has been hacked, you can
        let us know by checking the “I think this person was hacked!” box when junking
        a contact or through the “Mark as” menu.  This helps us identify compromised accounts,
        but we won’t make any other changes to your contact list without asking
        first.       

        • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

          Thanks Sam, after checking further the contact was not removed after all, although the email I tried the behavior on was immediately sent to the junk mail box, with only a “thanks for letting us know” dialog box afterward.  I did overlook the contact in question in my contact list, it’s still there.  Will be interested to hear more about this feature – we’ve only had a few minutes to play with it so far :)

          • jnt

            And it has to be someone who is actually connected as a Windows Live friend?  Or just a contact?

  • insanelyapple

    I want nicknames back.

  • http://nevermetanormalperson.tumblr.com/ Chris Barry

    I’ve found an interesting new feature: Mark As-> “My Friend’s Been Hacked!” http://cl.ly/7ha2

    • jvd897

      That is AWESOME. Knowing my friends, I’ll be getting a lot of use out of that. Thanks for sharing!

    • jnt

      joke right?  good idea though… 

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Be careful with the “My Friend’s been Hacked!” feature: we just tried it (your “friend” must be a Windows Live friend), and our “friend” was immediately removed, apparently, from our contact list.  No confirmation, or explanation of what was about to happen.  We’ll investigate further, but there looks to be pretty severe consequences for a single click.

      • jvd897

        Thanks for the heads-up, Kip. I was just about to try this out — glad I didn’t!

      • Sam Albert

        @Kip:   We’ll only remove your friend from your
        contact list if you’ve junked the message and clicked “Delete and block contact”.  If someone you know has been hacked, you can
        let us know by checking the “I think this person was hacked!” box when junking
        a contact or through the “Mark as” menu.  This helps us identify compromised accounts,
        but we won’t make any other changes to your contact list without asking
        first.       

        • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

          Thanks Sam, after checking further the contact was not removed after all, although the email I tried the behavior on was immediately sent to the junk mail box, with only a “thanks for letting us know” dialog box afterward.  I did overlook the contact in question in my contact list, it’s still there.  Will be interested to hear more about this feature – we’ve only had a few minutes to play with it so far :)

          • jnt

            And it has to be someone who is actually connected as a Windows Live friend?  Or just a contact?

  • insanelyapple

    I want nicknames back.

  • petrol

    I got it too. But I wish they had fixed the alias send from bug. I have several alia, and i used to be able to send mail from them, but recently there are no alia in the drop down box when I compose a message.

    • Sam Albert

      Hi Petrol,  If you send over your email address to saalbert@live.com (don’t include password or any other personal information), I can help take a look at why you aren’t seeing any of your aliases in the compose drop down.   

  • petrol

    I got it too. But I wish they had fixed the alias send from bug. I have several alia, and i used to be able to send mail from them, but recently there are no alia in the drop down box when I compose a message.

    • Sam Albert

      Hi Petrol,  If you send over your email address to saalbert@live.com (don’t include password or any other personal information), I can help take a look at why you aren’t seeing any of your aliases in the compose drop down.   

  • Ruben

    I got the new look, but now I can no longer send e-mails with it! Going to try a few differerent browsers, but for now I’m just annoyed.

    • Ruben

      Quick update, switched to FireFox and it worked. The issue was with Internet Explorer 9?!

  • Ruben

    I got the new look, but now I can no longer send e-mails with it! Going to try a few differerent browsers, but for now I’m just annoyed.

    • Ruben

      Quick update, switched to FireFox and it worked. The issue was with Internet Explorer 9?!

  • Jagannath Rao

    I got the new features.

  • Jagannath Rao

    I got the new features.

  • Hojsn

    Got the new header already on my live.com home page – anyone else too?

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Yes. Windows Live Home (Live.com homepage) is powered by Hotmail too, so if your Hotmail has been updated, live.com should too. :)

  • Hojsn

    Got the new header already on my live.com home page – anyone else too?

    • damaster

      Yes. Windows Live Home (Live.com homepage) is powered by Hotmail too, so if your Hotmail has been updated, live.com should too. :)

  • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

    I’ve got the new look too. One thing I’ve actually noticed is when you sync pictures though Live Mesh to SkyDrive you don’t get that nice SkyDrive slideshow that you otherwise would get if you upload the pictures directly to SkyDrive. Does anyone else experience this?

    • jnt

      that’s b/c the “partition” of skydrive that Mesh uses is pointless except for storage… it in no way ties to the normal Skydrive and none of the features on the normal Skydrive can be used in the Mesh portion…

      • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

        Right, I see thanks for the explanation. Here’s to hoping the Live team merges the two partitions together, there should at least be some kind of basic picture viewing. The same goes for documents too.

    • Hojsn

      Actually with me it always takes me to facebook to show fb pictures instead of showing them in a frame on live.com

      • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

        Ideally they should be shown in a frame but I can see how some people may prefer it going to facebook if there’s some kind of fb syncing going on. Let’s see if they fix these issues in Wave 5.

  • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

    I’ve got the new look too. One thing I’ve noticed when looking around for any new features is that when you sync pictures though Live Mesh to SkyDrive you don’t get that nice SkyDrive slideshow that you otherwise would get if you upload the pictures directly to SkyDrive. Does anyone else experience this?

    • jnt

      that’s b/c the “partition” of skydrive that Mesh uses is pointless except for storage… it in no way ties to the normal Skydrive and none of the features on the normal Skydrive can be used in the Mesh portion…

      • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

        Right, I see thanks for the explanation. Here’s to hoping the Live team merges the two partitions together, there should at least be some kind of basic picture viewing. The same goes for documents too.

    • Hojsn

      Actually with me it always takes me to facebook to show fb pictures instead of showing them in a frame on live.com

      • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

        Ideally they should be shown in a frame but I can see how some people may prefer it going to facebook if there’s some kind of fb syncing going on. Let’s see if they fix these issues in Wave 5.

  • Arthur

    You can “Like” facebook feeds directly from the Home page associated with Hotmail…

    • http://josedmorales.net Josè Daniel

      I noticed that too this morning but I couldn’t remember whether that was already there. Nice to see that!

  • Arthur

    You can “Like” facebook feeds directly from the Home page associated with Hotmail…

    • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

      I noticed that too this morning but I couldn’t remember whether that was already there. Nice to see that!

  • http://josedmorales.net Josè Daniel

    A pleasure!

  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

    A pleasure!

  • Leo

    My Hotmail also changed today and I noticed they’re using a smaller font. Is it just my impression? Anyone else noticed?

  • Leo

    My Hotmail also changed today and I noticed they’re using a smaller font. Is it just my impression? Anyone else noticed?

  • Leoberto J. P. Junior

    My Hotmail also changed today and I noticed they’re using a smaller font. Is it just my impression? Anyone else noticed?

  • Bernie Halpin

    We’re seeing some Hotmail accounts in Australia with the new header.

  • Bernie Halpin

    We’re seeing some Hotmail accounts in Australia with the new header.

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  • Tuxplorer

    Got the new look here too!

  • Tuxplorer

    Got the new look here too!

  • Bbpost

    Yes, I have got the new header as well. But where do I find “My Friend’s Been Hacked!” and “Pre-load messages” options? Can anyone help/explain?

    • Hojsn

      Pre-load messages can be found at mail.live.com/default.aspx?rru=options
      Reading email -> Conversations and faster reading: select pre-load messages

      • Bbpost

        Thanks a lot. Have a nice weekend

  • Bbpost

    Yes, I have got the new header as well. But where do I find “My Friend’s Been Hacked!” and “Pre-load messages” options? Can anyone help/explain?

    • Hojsn

      Pre-load messages can be found at mail.live.com/default.aspx?rru=options
      Reading email -> Conversations and faster reading: select pre-load messages

      • Bbpost

        Thanks a lot. Have a nice weekend

  • Hotmail Alias

    New Header, Pre-loading messages and Friend Hacked features all showing up nice and good in India. Btw, “Mark As” –> “My Friend Has Been Hacked” shows up only when you get spam mail from the hacked account of a Windows Live Contact. Trust the Smart Screen Filter to know that much!!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/HotmailAlias Hotmail Alias

    New Header, Pre-loading messages and Friend Hacked features all showing up nice and good in India. Btw, “Mark As” –> “My Friend Has Been Hacked” shows up only when you get spam mail from the hacked account of a Windows Live Contact. Trust the Smart Screen Filter to know that much!!

  • Anonymous

    New headrer across all of Hotmail here in The Netherlands. So as well for live.com , contacts and calendar. Incl Pre-loading messages etc etc. No news from the guys in Redmond though on this latest roll-out?

  • http://questionanswerresponse.wordpress.com/ b4rtw

    New headrer across all of Hotmail here in The Netherlands. So as well for live.com , contacts and calendar. Incl Pre-loading messages etc etc. No news from the guys in Redmond though on this latest roll-out?

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    I haev the new Hotmail! Why hasn’t the Windows Live team blogged about this yet?

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    I have the new Hotmail! Why hasn’t the Windows Live team blogged about this yet?

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    I FOUND ANOTHER NEW FEATURE!!!!!!! You can bring back deleted messages!!!

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Indeed, found the feature under “Advanced Privacy Settings” – see screenshot attached.

      • jnt

        now that’s awesome… the 5 day limit was a bit much before…

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    I FOUND ANOTHER NEW FEATURE!!!!!!! You can bring back deleted messages!!!

  • http://twitter.com/AsTh11 Alessandro Grua
  • http://twitter.com/agrua Alessandro Grua
  • Corticoid

    Hi there!Since yesterday, syncing Hotmail via Exchange worked like a
    charm for me using the stock Android Mail APK. But from 18:00 MET on syncing
    stopped, the app telling me, connection to server failed. Are there any known
    issues by now? I know that Microsoft is rolling out Hotmail Wave 5 these days,
    could this be a reason and did anyone have the same problems as I do?

  • Corticoid

    Hi there!Since yesterday, syncing Hotmail via Exchange worked like a
    charm for me using the stock Android Mail APK. But from 18:00 MET on syncing
    stopped, the app telling me, connection to server failed. Are there any known
    issues by now? I know that Microsoft is rolling out Hotmail Wave 5 these days,
    could this be a reason and did anyone have the same problems as I do?

  • Corticoid

    aah, I did not mean “since yesterday” but “until yesterday”….

  • Corticoid

    aah, I did not mean “since yesterday” but “until yesterday”….

  • Damaster – LiveSide.net

    New (hidden) feature of the new Wave 5 header – leave your mouse over the header area for ~2 seconds and the menu on the right will now appear.

  • damaster

    New (hidden) feature of the new Wave 5 header – leave your mouse over the header area for ~2 seconds and the menu on the right will now appear.