We’ve received a couple of tips in the past 24 hours or so pointing us to what looks to be another new feature for Hotmail: an inline audio player, and with a little help from our friend F Martin Garcia we were able to confirm:
When you receive an audio file in a Hotmail message (once you allow all content to be shown), you have the option to “Play audio”, “download”, or “download as zip”. Selecting “Play audio” brings up a simple audio player, right in your email message, and you can listen directly without having to open Windows Media Player or another audio player.
A part of Hotmail Active Views, which up until now allowed for photo and video viewing (and tracking of packages), the new audio player makes working within Hotmail a bit more useful.
As usual, thanks for the tips!