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May 18, 2010

Hotmail revamp includes Office Web Apps integration

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by Darren Allan

Hotmail is to undergo a substantial rethink in an effort to keep pace with the raft of features offered by other webmail services such as Yahoo and Gmail.

Microsoft’s free email site is set to receive a number of added whistles and bells, including bolstered security in the form of new anti-spam and anti-phishing measures.

Integration with the company’s new online Office services called Web Apps is also promised, allowing for the direct access and editing of attached documents.

In other words, you won’t need Office on your computer to be able to work with Word documents, or other Office files.

Microsoft is also planning to allow viewable previews of the likes of YouTube videos to appear in emails. Much like Gmail already does.

The new Hotmail will roll out at some stage during the summer.

Yahoo is the most popular webmail client in the States, leading Hotmail by some margin, with Gmail gaining rapidly on Microsoft in third place.

Microsoft is doubtless hoping this revamp will start to put some distance between itself and Gmail.

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