“The Year of Windows Live” – Our interview with Ryan Gavin and Walter Harp

Windows Live Wave 4 is coming, soon, and even though the folks at Microsoft aren’t quite ready to talk about what’s new, we took a few minutes today to speak with Ryan Gavin, Sr. Director of Windows Live Program Management, and Windows Live Director Walter Harp about the upcoming “Year of Windows Live”.  In the interview, Ryan gives a good overview of where Windows Live is headed, we touch briefly on privacy and security as it relates to mail in light of the recent news surrounding Google and GMail with Walter Harp, and then go on to talk a bit more about Office Web Apps, Live ID, Hotmail’s reputation, spam, and more.

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We marked some “chapters” in the video, you can navigate around by clicking on the 3 squares (at the far left of the the player controls, or click on the |< or >| buttons).  The chapters are:

00:00    An overview of Windows Live and Hotmail
03:44    Walter Harp on privacy, security, and we touch on Google and China
07:47    Walter gives us a glimpse into what’s coming for Live ID
08:30    Hotmail is the centerpiece of consumer online experiences
10:58    Blurring the lines between Office and personal mail
13:37    “I like our hand” in the personal productivity scenario
14:22    Hotmail: not “your father’s Oldsmobile”
17:24    Advances in spam control
20:23    Ryan recaps

Of course we’ll be bringing you lots more about Windows Live Wave 4 soon, and we’ll be happy to travel back to Redmond to talk some more with the people behind Windows Live, but we thought we would set the stage with an overview of the “centerpiece” of Windows Live, Hotmail.

Just a note, we’re still learning our way around Windows Azure, Expression Encoder 3, and Silverlight, and there are a few features we’d like to add to our video experience, but we have high hopes of doing more videos, so bear with us as we work on some innovation of our own.  This video is hosted on Windows Azure, encoded with Expression Encoder 3.