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Microsoft previews spruced up Hotmail

New Hotmail addresses needs of the 'modern inbox' and will be launched this summer

The new Hotmail allows you to share hundreds of photos within an e-mail without clogging your inbox.
The new Hotmail allows you to share hundreds of photos within an e-mail without clogging your inbox.
Easily view, share and edit Office documents from within the new Hotmail.
Easily view, share and edit Office documents from within the new Hotmail.
Chris Jones introduces the new Windows Live Hotmail in San Francisco.
Chris Jones introduces the new Windows Live Hotmail in San Francisco.
Delete or file away messages you don’t want cluttering your inbox using the new Sweep menu in Hotmail.
Delete or file away messages you don’t want cluttering your inbox using the new Sweep menu in Hotmail.
The new Hotmail brings content from your favorite websites directly into your mail.
The new Hotmail brings content from your favorite websites directly into your mail.

Microsoft has previewed a brand new Windows Live Hotmail that will be launched this summer and promises to address the needs of the 'modern inbox'.

Among the many enhancements showcased, Hotmail will let customers send up 10GB of attachments in a single message, a significant improvement over its existing 10MB file limit. Additionally, users are able to view and edit Microsoft Office documents right in their inboxes and view photo attachments as a slideshow with a single click.

Other new features include ‘Active views' that lets users view external website content from within Hotmail, while the Sweep feature sees Hotmail get rid of unwanted mail in a couple of clicks, doing away with setting up specific junk rules. It can even be used to sweep Gmail and Yahoo! Mail Plus inboxes if they are added to the Hotmail account.

Hotmail is also adding instant messaging in the inbox and will support push email on mobile phones using Exchange ActiveSync so users can easily synchronise Hotmail between their phone and the web, as well as calendar, contacts, and task details.

"With over 360 million active Hotmail accounts worldwide, Microsoft has spent a lot of time listening to customer feedback and thoughtfully designing solutions to meet their needs," stated Owen Sagness, VP, Consumer and Online, Microsoft Canada Inc. "Whether it's organizing events, managing commercial transactions, searching for jobs, sharing photos, or communicating with friends and family, the new Hotmail will help increase personal productivity."

While Microsoft has not revealed a specific date for the new Windows Live Hotmail to come into effect, group program manager Dick Craddock revealed that it is slated to launch worldwide this summer.