New Hotmail begins rolling out, coming to all customers in “next few weeks”

By LiveSide | In News | Posted November 9, 2011 37 comments

Windows Live HotmailJust over a month ago, Microsoft revealed several new features coming to the next Hotmail update, asking users to “give Hotmail another look”. Last week, our friend Michael Gillett was also able to get in touch with the Microsoft Hotmail team in London to get a few more insights to the upcoming Hotmail update, which is said to have started rolling out to a very small cluster of users around the world (at random). In fact, we noticed last week that Microsoft has already rolled out updates to the Windows Live Calendar and Accounts to Wave 5 M2, signifying the rollout to the rest of Windows Live web services, including Hotmail, is not far away.

Today the Hotmail team has posted on the official Inside Windows Live blog confirming that the roll out of the new Hotmail is currently in progress, and will be made available to all customers within the next few weeks.

The new release of Hotmail is rolling out now … We expect the release to be in the hands of all of our customers in the next few weeks.

The blog post also went into details of what is coming in the next Hotmail update, and explaining how users (both casual and power users) can take advantage of the new flagging, custom categories, and quick action features to organise their inbox better. In summary, the next Hotmail update is expected to bring the following new features:

  • New flagging behaviour – now you can flag a message and it will stay at the top of your inbox. And of course, it only takes one click to add—or remove—a flagged message.

    New Flagging

  • Newsletter filtering – manage your incoming newsletters more easily with Sweep and Quick Views. In addition, Hotmail makes it easier to identify, manage, and lets you unsubscribe from them.

    Newsletter Filtering

  • Custom categories – in addition to folders, you can also now create your own custom categories for your emails, and quickly access them under the Quick View menu. And best of all, these will work with the Sweep option too.

    Custom Categories

  • Instant actions – make the most common tasks, like deleting emails or assigning categories, faster. Instant Action buttons appear as you hover over a message that let you delete, flag, mark as unread, sweep, etc., and these are all customisable so you can you can add/remove buttons, customize the order of buttons, or turn off Instant Actions altogether to suit your needs.

    Instant Actions

  • Scheduled sweep – a new feature under “Sweep” now lets you automatically keep only the latest mail from a sender, or have their emails moved to a folder or deleted after 30, 60, or 90 days.

    Schedule Cleanup

  • Improved folder management – you can now manage folders inline, or directly right-click folders to rename, delete, empty, or mark entire folder as read/unread within Hotmail.
  • Mini calendar on sidebar – now you can quickly glance at your calendar directly within Hotmail, with a mini-calendar now available in the sidebar. We’ve seen this before though, haven’t we?

Let us know in the comments below if you’re seeing the new Hotmail or not, and if you’re one of the lucky ones, let us know what you think of the new updates!

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 3:25 am
Category: News
Tags: Hotmail, Wave 5, Windows Live
  • JSYOUNG571

    Now the waiting game begins. Can’t wait to get my hands on the new version.

    • Galileo Vieira

      Keep an eye out, hopefully it’ll be sooner rather than later :)

  • Anonymous

    Now the waiting game begins. Can’t wait to get my hands on the new version.

  • Anonymous

    Now the waiting game begins. Can’t wait to get my hands on the new version.

    • Galileo Vieira

      Keep an eye out, hopefully it’ll be sooner rather than later :)

  • Leoberto J. P. Junior

    Better late than never. Don’t know why they didn’t wait to announce it when it’s done.

  • Leo

    Better late than never. Don’t know why they didn’t wait to announce it when it’s done.

  • Leo

    Better late than never. Don’t know why they didn’t wait to announce it when it’s done.

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

    Still waiting… :-(

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

    Still waiting… :-(

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

    Still waiting… :-(

  • thenonhacker

    I see where Hotmail is heading. It’s approaching a point where it has almost all of the features of Microsoft Outlook! That is excellent.

  • http://twitter.com/thenonhacker thenonhacker

    I see where Hotmail is heading. It’s approaching a point where it has almost all of the features of Microsoft Outlook! That is excellent.

  • http://twitter.com/thenonhacker thenonhacker

    I see where Hotmail is heading. It’s approaching a point where it has almost all of the features of Microsoft Outlook! That is excellent.

  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

    About freaking time!

  • http://josedmorales.net Josè Daniel

    About freaking time!

  • http://josedmorales.net Josè Daniel

    About freaking time!

  • http://twitter.com/stevesu_ Steve Sutton

    I’m still trying to figure out if this is just for webmail or for Windows Live Mail client.  Of the dozens of people i know that use hotmail/live as their mail, no one i know interfaces their mail from the web, they all use the client app.  So shouldn’t we all be waiting for the Windows Live Mail update???????

    • Sumit Mehta

      This update is only for webmail. i.e. http://www.hotmail.com

    • Reallyoldfart

      Yes Steve, I too would like to see updates, improvements, and the problems with the Windows Live Mail client fixed! It is long over due!

  • http://twitter.com/stevesu_ Steve Sutton

    I’m still trying to figure out if this is just for webmail or for Windows Live Mail client.  Of the dozens of people i know that use hotmail/live as their mail, no one i know interfaces their mail from the web, they all use the client app.  So shouldn’t we all be waiting for the Windows Live Mail update???????

  • http://twitter.com/stevesu_ Steve Sutton

    I’m still trying to figure out if this is just for webmail or for Windows Live Mail client.  Of the dozens of people i know that use hotmail/live as their mail, no one i know interfaces their mail from the web, they all use the client app.  So shouldn’t we all be waiting for the Windows Live Mail update???????

    • Sumit Mehta

      This update is only for webmail. i.e. http://www.hotmail.com

    • Reallyoldguy

      Yes Steve, I too would like to see updates, improvements, and the problems with the Windows Live Mail client fixed! It is long over due!

  • Guillaume B

    waiting, waiting waiting… too much waiting

  • Guillaume B

    waiting, waiting waiting… too much waiting

  • Guillaume B

    waiting, waiting waiting… too much waiting

  • Sumit Mehta

    I got the new version in one of my hotmail.co.in account. Other accounts still run old version. Looks similar to older UI except Top flagging and quick access tools. New Categories are welcome step. No new themes. Utility wise promising updates. 

  • Sumit Mehta

    I got the new version in one of my hotmail.co.in account. Other accounts still run old version. Looks similar to older UI except Top flagging and quick access tools. New Categories are welcome step. No new themes. Utility wise promising updates. 

  • Sumit Mehta

    I got the new version in one of my hotmail.co.in account. Other accounts still run old version. Looks similar to older UI except Top flagging and quick access tools. New Categories are welcome step. No new themes. Utility wise promising updates. 

  • Sumit Mehta

    I got the new version in one of my hotmail.co.in account. Other accounts still run old version. Looks similar to older UI except Top flagging and quick access tools. New Categories are welcome step. No new themes. Utility wise promising updates. 

  • Utip Udokang

    Give us tool to update our profile, ability to change  email address if your marital status have change without losing your mail account

  • Utip Udokang

    Give us tool to update our profile, ability to change  email address if your marital status have change without losing your mail account

  • Utip Udokang

    Give us tool to update our profile, ability to change  email address if your marital status have change without losing your mail account

  • Galileo Vieira

    Keep an eye out, hopefully it’ll be sooner rather than later :)

  • Reallyoldguy

    Yes Steve, I too would like to see updates, improvements, and the problems with the Windows Live Mail client fixed! It is long over due!