Windows Live Hotmail Wave 4 to be officially unveiled May 18 in Sydney, Australia

5751_Hotmail_5F00_6DED2A31According to our friend Long Zheng’s blog post, several Australian bloggers and journalist have received an invitation to attend an exclusive lunch briefing about “the new version of Hotmail” in Sydney, Australia, at 12:30pm (AEST) on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 (being in Sydney myself, I didn’t get an invite either Sad), coinciding with the date Milestone 3 builds may be released to selected private testers according to the rumoured roadmap. However, if you had been following LiveSide, you probably already knew many of the new features coming in Hotmail Wave 4, as we’ve covered them in our blog post earlier.

Additionally, we have also received news from Korean websites and that Microsoft Korea had demonstrated the new Hotmail and Messenger in one of their technology seminars back in mid-April. During the demonstration, Baek Seung Joo showed off some of Hotmail’s latest features – including Hotmail’s Active View, and integrating social notification emails into Messenger. Here a screenshot of Hotmail Wave 4’s Active View, showing how a YouTube email notification would appear in Hotmail, and allowing users to playback the YouTube video directly within your e-mail message:

Hotmail Active View

Second is a screenshot from Windows Live Messenger, showing you how Hotmail will automatically identify which e-mails received are “social notifications” (such as from YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn…etc), and post these e-mails as part of your social feed in Messenger. Here’s an example, showing the e-mail shown above displayed as a “social update” in Messenger, and allowing you to playback this video directly from within the social pane:

Messenger Wave 4 - Hotmail social updates

Pretty neat features eh? Check back in two day’s time as we bring you the latest news about Windows Live Hotmail Wave 4 as it gets unveiled. In the mean time, if you haven’t already, please take a read of our previous posts to learn about what’s coming in the next version of Hotmail and Messenger: