Microsoft to hold Hotmail press event on October 3

By LiveSide | In News | Posted September 9, 2011 47 comments

So after a series of updates back in June this year for Hotmail, Microsoft is inviting press analysts to attend a Hotmail event to be held on October 3 in San Francisco and New York. Below is the invitation:

Hotmail Invite

From the invitation it reads:

We Listened. We learned. We reinvented Hotmail from the ground up.
From performance to spam to security and more, we’re going to challenge your perceptions and show how we stack up against the competition.

No further details were given in the invitation about exactly what changes are coming to Hotmail, and this led to some speculating that an HTML5 version of Hotmail with offline access is coming, to directly compete with Gmail’s offer. However, Microsoft reached out to Neowin to offer some clarification:

This event is not considered a launch of a reinvented Hotmail. The event will include an intimate, honest discussion and new data linked to the reinvention that took place last year (plus updates since then), based on a lot of learning. You’ll also hear about intriguing competitive perspectives and some additional news.

The invitation also states that more information about Hotmail will be released during the week of September 19, which is only a bit more than a week away. What could this event be about? What “additional news” are we going to hear about? The timing the the press event seems to coincide nicely after the BUILD event to be held in a few days time. Will we hear more about Hotmail, Windows Live and Windows 8? Stay tuned!

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 6:09 pm
Category: News
Tags: Hotmail
  • JSYOUNG571

    I didn’t realize that it has been that long that the updates for Hotmail came out. I have majority of them accept the calendar widgit on the left side column under web messenger.  Did they only pass that out to a certain amount of accounts?

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t realize that it has been that long that the updates for Hotmail came out. I have majority of them accept the calendar widgit on the left side column under web messenger.  Did they only pass that out to a certain amount of accounts?

  • trollCall

    Why don’t you bloggers wait and fucking see what the event reveals and THEN blog about it?  You guys aren’t adding anything meaningful for end users …

  • trollCall

    Why don’t you bloggers wait and fucking see what the event reveals and THEN blog about it?  You guys aren’t adding anything meaningful for end users …

  • trollCall

    Why don’t you bloggers wait and fucking see what the event reveals and THEN blog about it?  You guys aren’t adding anything meaningful for end users …

  • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

    Please give it a new name! It’s dreadfully embarassing to tell people that “I use Hotmail” when it’s expected you probably have a Gmail (if you’re cool or ‘tech-savvy) or at least a Yahoo!. At my university, I have yet to see somebody with an @live.com address. It’s either Gmail, Yahoo, or even still Hotmail domains. In fact, just today, my co-worker was trying to help my friend migrate her Hotmail inbox to her Gmail so she could view them there.

    Hotmail’s reputation is just plain tarnished. They can keep catching up with Gmail in some aspects, and differentiate in others, but the brand name itself will keep many away for sure. Hopefully they’ll address that. Anyway, it doesn’t seem they’re doing anything really new. Just breaking old perceptions the general public and even the technosphere seem to think still exist.

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

      Isn’t sending huge files using an online service new? Gmail doesn’t have that…

      • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

        Hence why I said “differentiate in others”. Your example of placing attachments through SkyDrive is that example of differntiation. I didn’t say they didn’t make anything new. I’m quite well Hotmail has the lead over Gmail in other areas.  

    • Sumit Mehta

      I fully agree with you. Microsoft should focus on rebranding of Hotmail. Hotmail has introduced some great features lately but they are more of reactive rather than proactive measures to stand in competition with Gmail instead of beating the competition. Gmail is very popular in youth and tech saavy users and it deserves that also. On other hand, Microsoft’s approch towards Hotmail has created an impression of untouchable for tech saavy people. To me, Gmail is just great service. I also don’t have any complain with Hotmail as well. But I always hasitate to send a mail from my Hotmail account and feel shy just because Hotmail gives non-tech saavy immpression. I think Yahoo has completely withdrawn itself from webmail competition. Yahoo’s interface is good but features are not. 

      • Anonymous

        I thought Microsoft re-branded it to Live Mail and then changed it back?

    • Anonymous

      It is beyond me how anybody can fix their mouth to say G-mail and Yahoo is better than Hotmail. I totally disagree. Gmail is so damn boring compared to Hotmail. I have always said that it is not user friendly at all. Who wants to continue to see advertisments, even when you pay for a premium subscription to email service. Yahoo is full of bugs and spam and stays in beta for the most part. Pictures come through half downloaded with red x’s. Sometimes you can’t even open your emails without retrying.  The name of these email services may sound better then saying Hotmail, but the service is God awful for both.  What the hell is in a name period? They switched Live search over to Bing and people still are on their soap box. They just need to leave it at Hotmail.

      • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

        Did I say Gmail or Yahoo! was better? No. I’m just pointing out that very few people will give Hotmail another glance regardless of any new features. It’s like the MySpace of e-mail services. Even if just today, MySpace came up with some really good and unique features over Facebook, do you think people will still even pay attention to anything MySpace says? No. They will tune out anything MySpace or Hotmail says, because there’s an associated perception that they’ll always be 2nd best or the worst.

        I’m not arguing which service is better. I’m arguing that as far as brands go, Hotmail looks like it’s in a position to never truly be as popular as it once was, and the best way would be to change the name. Also, if you hadn’t noticed, When Live went to Bing, with a new look and all, promimnent members of the technosphere actually checked it out. Many of the so-called ‘new’ features they were surprised and interested about had already existed under the Live Search brand. Bing is still growing, and there’s at least more of a general acceptance as it being a competitor, than previously.

        Plus, based on your past history on the site, we all know how well you like to go towards the past, instead of the future. (i.e. complaints on Windows Mobile).  

    • Pobly

      I guess you are speaking from a US centric POV.

      Globally, the number of active hotmail accounts far exceeds Gmail and Yahoo. I live in Europe and Hotmail is huge!

  • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

    Please give it a new name! It’s dreadfully embarassing to tell people that “I use Hotmail” when it’s expected you probably have a Gmail (if you’re cool or ‘tech-savvy) or at least a Yahoo!. At my university, I have yet to see somebody with an @live.com address. It’s either Gmail, Yahoo, or even still Hotmail domains. In fact, just today, my co-worker was trying to help my friend migrate her Hotmail inbox to her Gmail so she could view them there.

    Hotmail’s reputation is just plain tarnished. They can keep catching up with Gmail in some aspects, and differentiate in others, but the brand name itself will keep many away for sure. Hopefully they’ll address that. Anyway, it doesn’t seem they’re doing anything really new. Just breaking old perceptions the general public and even the technosphere seem to think still exist.

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

      Isn’t sending huge files using an online service new? Gmail doesn’t have that…

      • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

        Hence why I said “differentiate in others”. Your example of placing attachments through SkyDrive is that example of differntiation. I didn’t say they didn’t make anything new. I’m quite well Hotmail has the lead over Gmail in other areas.  

    • Sumit Mehta

      I fully agree with you. Microsoft should focus on rebranding of Hotmail. Hotmail has introduced some great features lately but they are more of reactive rather than proactive measures to stand in competition with Gmail instead of beating the competition. Gmail is very popular in youth and tech saavy users and it deserves that also. On other hand, Microsoft’s approch towards Hotmail has created an impression of untouchable for tech saavy people. To me, Gmail is just great service. I also don’t have any complain with Hotmail as well. But I always hasitate to send a mail from my Hotmail account and feel shy just because Hotmail gives non-tech saavy immpression. I think Yahoo has completely withdrawn itself from webmail competition. Yahoo’s interface is good but features are not. 

      • Anonymous

        I thought Microsoft re-branded it to Live Mail and then changed it back?

    • Anonymous

      It is beyond me how anybody can fix their mouth to say G-mail and Yahoo is better than Hotmail. I totally disagree. Gmail is so damn boring compared to Hotmail. I have always said that it is not user friendly at all. Who wants to continue to see advertisments, even when you pay for a premium subscription to email service. Yahoo is full of bugs and spam and stays in beta for the most part. Pictures come through half downloaded with red x’s. Sometimes you can’t even open your emails without retrying.  The name of these email services may sound better then saying Hotmail, but the service is God awful for both.  What the hell is in a name period? They switched Live search over to Bing and people still are on their soap box. They just need to leave it at Hotmail.

      • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

        Did I say Gmail or Yahoo! was better? No. I’m just pointing out that very few people will give Hotmail another glance regardless of any new features. It’s like the MySpace of e-mail services. Even if just today, MySpace came up with some really good and unique features over Facebook, do you think people will still even pay attention to anything MySpace says? No. They will tune out anything MySpace or Hotmail says, because there’s an associated perception that they’ll always be 2nd best or the worst.

        I’m not arguing which service is better. I’m arguing that as far as brands go, Hotmail looks like it’s in a position to never truly be as popular as it once was, and the best way would be to change the name. Also, if you hadn’t noticed, When Live went to Bing, with a new look and all, promimnent members of the technosphere actually checked it out. Many of the so-called ‘new’ features they were surprised and interested about had already existed under the Live Search brand. Bing is still growing, and there’s at least more of a general acceptance as it being a competitor, than previously.

        Plus, based on your past history on the site, we all know how well you like to go towards the past, instead of the future. (i.e. complaints on Windows Mobile).  

    • Pobly

      I guess you are speaking from a US centric POV.

      Globally, the number of active hotmail accounts far exceeds Gmail and Yahoo. I live in Europe and Hotmail is huge!

  • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

    Please give it a new name! It’s dreadfully embarassing to tell people that “I use Hotmail” when it’s expected you probably have a Gmail (if you’re cool or ‘tech-savvy) or at least a Yahoo!. At my university, I have yet to see somebody with an @live.com address. It’s either Gmail, Yahoo, or even still Hotmail domains. In fact, just today, my co-worker was trying to help my friend migrate her Hotmail inbox to her Gmail so she could view them there.

    Hotmail’s reputation is just plain tarnished. They can keep catching up with Gmail in some aspects, and differentiate in others, but the brand name itself will keep many away for sure. Hopefully they’ll address that. Anyway, it doesn’t seem they’re doing anything really new. Just breaking old perceptions the general public and even the technosphere seem to think still exist.

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

      Isn’t sending huge files using an online service new? Gmail doesn’t have that…

      • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

        Hence why I said “differentiate in others”. Your example of placing attachments through SkyDrive is that example of differntiation. I didn’t say they didn’t make anything new. I’m quite well Hotmail has the lead over Gmail in other areas.  

    • Sumit Mehta

      I fully agree with you. Microsoft should focus on rebranding of Hotmail. Hotmail has introduced some great features lately but they are more of reactive rather than proactive measures to stand in competition with Gmail instead of beating the competition. Gmail is very popular in youth and tech saavy users and it deserves that also. On other hand, Microsoft’s approch towards Hotmail has created an impression of untouchable for tech saavy people. To me, Gmail is just great service. I also don’t have any complain with Hotmail as well. But I always hasitate to send a mail from my Hotmail account and feel shy just because Hotmail gives non-tech saavy immpression. I think Yahoo has completely withdrawn itself from webmail competition. Yahoo’s interface is good but features are not. 

      • sab0tage

        I thought Microsoft re-branded it to Live Mail and then changed it back?

    • JSYOUNG571

      It is beyond me how anybody can fix their mouth to say G-mail and Yahoo is better than Hotmail. I totally disagree. Gmail is so damn boring compared to Hotmail. I have always said that it is not user friendly at all. Who wants to continue to see advertisments, even when you pay for a premium subscription to email service. Yahoo is full of bugs and spam and stays in beta for the most part. Pictures come through half downloaded with red x’s. Sometimes you can’t even open your emails without retrying.  The name of these email services may sound better then saying Hotmail, but the service is God awful for both.  What the hell is in a name period? They switched Live search over to Bing and people still are on their soap box. They just need to leave it at Hotmail.

      • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

        Did I say Gmail or Yahoo! was better? No. I’m just pointing out that very few people will give Hotmail another glance regardless of any new features. It’s like the MySpace of e-mail services. Even if just today, MySpace came up with some really good and unique features over Facebook, do you think people will still even pay attention to anything MySpace says? No. They will tune out anything MySpace or Hotmail says, because there’s an associated perception that they’ll always be 2nd best or the worst.

        I’m not arguing which service is better. I’m arguing that as far as brands go, Hotmail looks like it’s in a position to never truly be as popular as it once was, and the best way would be to change the name. Also, if you hadn’t noticed, When Live went to Bing, with a new look and all, promimnent members of the technosphere actually checked it out. Many of the so-called ‘new’ features they were surprised and interested about had already existed under the Live Search brand. Bing is still growing, and there’s at least more of a general acceptance as it being a competitor, than previously.

        Plus, based on your past history on the site, we all know how well you like to go towards the past, instead of the future. (i.e. complaints on Windows Mobile).  

    • Pobly

      I guess you are speaking from a US centric POV.

      Globally, the number of active hotmail accounts far exceeds Gmail and Yahoo. I live in Europe and Hotmail is huge!

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

    I’m glad they’re not entirley re-inventing it. The current Hotmail is great, and it just needs some small features adding. As for the name, I think Hotmail is great.

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

    I’m glad they’re not entirley re-inventing it. The current Hotmail is great, and it just needs some small features adding. As for the name, I think Hotmail is great.

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

    I’m glad they’re not entirley re-inventing it. The current Hotmail is great, and it just needs some small features adding. As for the name, I think Hotmail is great.

  • Anonymous

    Last year I was so happy to see that Hotmail finally allowed subfolders. I was about to transfer my complete mail archive from Gmail – which is actually the only reason why I have a Gmail account – but I had to notice that there is a limit of about 90 folders. WHY?!?! Is there nobody else around who needs more folder, too?

  • Anonymous

    Last year I was so happy to see that Hotmail finally allowed subfolders. I was about to transfer my complete mail archive from Gmail – which is actually the only reason why I have a Gmail account – but I had to notice that there is a limit of about 90 folders. WHY?!?! Is there nobody else around who needs more folder, too?

  • phoyer

    Last year I was so happy to see that Hotmail finally allowed subfolders. I was about to transfer my complete mail archive from Gmail – which is actually the only reason why I have a Gmail account – but I had to notice that there is a limit of about 90 folders. WHY?!?! Is there nobody else around who needs more folder, too?

  • Galileo Vieira

    It’s great to see so much passion around this discussion. You all have raised points that we on the Hotmail team are constantly looking at and evaluating. I’m certain that the folks at Liveside will post details from the event, so stay tuned as many of your points will be addressed.

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

      Appreciate your stopping by, Galileo, welcome to LiveSide!  We’re definitely working on attending the Hotmail event, if we can swing it.  Even if not, we’ll be paying close attention, as will our readers.  Like Windows Phone, it’s one thing to develop great features (especially after having let the products languish for so long), it’s another to win back “hearts and minds”.  We’re rooting for you, but there’s LOTS of work to be done, and lots of fences to mend. 

      • Galileo Vieira

        Appreciate the words Kip! And you can bet we’re doing our best to win hearts and minds. We’ve got some great Hotmail fans out there – espcially here at LivesSide – and I’m certain that over the coming months these fans will be very proud of the product.

  • Galileo Vieira

    It’s great to see so much passion around this discussion. You all have raised points that we on the Hotmail team are constantly looking at and evaluating. I’m certain that the folks at Liveside will post details from the event, so stay tuned as many of your points will be addressed.

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

      Appreciate your stopping by, Galileo, welcome to LiveSide!  We’re definitely working on attending the Hotmail event, if we can swing it.  Even if not, we’ll be paying close attention, as will our readers.  Like Windows Phone, it’s one thing to develop great features (especially after having let the products languish for so long), it’s another to win back “hearts and minds”.  We’re rooting for you, but there’s LOTS of work to be done, and lots of fences to mend. 

      • Galileo Vieira

        Appreciate the words Kip! And you can bet we’re doing our best to win hearts and minds. We’ve got some great Hotmail fans out there – espcially here at LivesSide – and I’m certain that over the coming months these fans will be very proud of the product.

      • Galileo Vieira

        Appreciate the words Kip! And you can bet we’re doing our best to win hearts and minds. We’ve got some great Hotmail fans out there – espcially here at LivesSide – and I’m certain that over the coming months these fans will be very proud of the product.

  • SA

    Hotmail is really big in the UK! Hardly anyone I know here has either Yahoo or google mail.

  • SA

    Hotmail is really big in the UK! Hardly anyone I know here has either Yahoo or google mail.

  • SA

    Hotmail is really big in the UK! Hardly anyone I know here has either Yahoo or google mail.

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

    Appreciate your stopping by, Galileo, welcome to LiveSide!  We’re definitely working on attending the Hotmail event, if we can swing it.  Even if not, we’ll be paying close attention, as will our readers.  Like Windows Phone, it’s one thing to develop great features (especially after having let the products languish for so long), it’s another to win back “hearts and minds”.  We’re rooting for you, but there’s LOTS of work to be done, and lots of fences to mend. 

  • Galileo Vieira

    Appreciate the words Kip! And you can bet we’re doing our best to win hearts and minds. We’ve got some great Hotmail fans out there – espcially here at LivesSide – and I’m certain that over the coming months these fans will be very proud of the product.