Redmond, Washington -- In tandem with this week's launch of Office 2010, on Tuesday, Microsoft's Windows Live blog declared that it has also commenced rolling out its next-generation version of the “Hotmail Wave 4” to the 360 million worldwide users of the venerable web mail service. An update that contains support for larger attachments and new views for looking at attached photos and documents.
The updated email service comprises of a new “Sweep” feature to tidy up inboxes, which allows users to easily divert mail from a particular sender into either a new folder or into the trash, integration with Microsoft's new Office Web Apps, and a Gmail-like conversation view. The company says that it is advancing to the new service one server cluster at a time--and it has hundreds of such clusters--so not everyone will get the upgrade right away.
“If you do not see these features today, please hold on just a little while longer,” Microsoft Program Manager Mike Schackwitz said in a blog post on Tuesday. “Everybody will be upgraded this summer.”The company previewed the new-look Hotmail at an event last month.