Windows Live Mail – The emergence of a framework?

January 22, 2006

I’ve been following Microsoft’s launch of Live.com or Windows Live as it’s officially called and the other offerings included under ideas.live.com. I’ve raved about Windows Live Custom Domains and I finally got an invite to try out Live Mail. Live Mail is essentially a replacement for Hotmail and it is AJAX enabled with 3-panes ala Outlook with drag and drop capabilities and a snappy and responsive interface. Firefox support is there but it still needs some work while IE offers all of the rich functionality.

I am a loyal Google Mail user and so I am not planning on switching over any time soon but it’s great to see Microsoft up the ante in the free email space and compete with Google and Yahoo. I still haven’t seen Yahoo’s new AJAX enabled email client and so I cannot compare but GMail is still very robust and feature-rich in comparison to Live Mail. Live Mail is still in early beta and so I am hoping the feature-set keeps on growing and offer Google a compelling reason to keep on improving GMail.

Here are screenshots of Live Mail Beta in action. I’ll post more after I spend some time with it but the calendar feature looks very nice. While Google calendar is still missing in action, Live Mail does have a nice calendar feature that competes with some of the Web2.0 calendar apps out there.

  • The Mail page or your Inbox view:
    windowslive-mailinbox
  • The Compose New Mail Page:
    windowslive-mailcompose
  • The Calendar Page:
    windowslive-calendar

The one thing that’s really interesting to me is the emergence of Live.com as a portal framework with ASP.NET 2.0, WebParts and all the stuff. Once Live.com is actually live and if it ever gets out of beta (maybe that will be Web3.0 :)), it will be compelling development platform for people that use .NET for their development. And where does that leave SharePoint?

microsoft, live.com, ideas.live.com, live+mail, ajax, .NET, webparts, asp.net2.0, sharepoint, scoble, google, gmail, yahoo, web2.0, web3.0, calendar

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15 Responses to “Windows Live Mail – The emergence of a framework?”

  1. caby said

    Requesting Windows Live Messenger beta and Windows Live Mail Invite

    My EMail:bitwei[at]msn.com

    Thanks!

  2. […] You can see some pictures of the interface on Vinny Carpenter’s blog and at Tipmonkies. […]

  3. Rafael said

    Please requesting Windows Live Mail Invite: rafael_bibol@hotmail.com

    Thanks!!

  4. Henry J. said

    Any invitations left? I’ll love to try the service.
    Thanks in advance…..

  5. Darryl said

    Could I also get an invite?

    If you have any left…
    malice87@hotmail.com

  6. joeyippel@hotmail.com said

    Could i pls get one???

    thnx in advance

    joeyippel@hotmail.com

  7. roy said

    Please invite me to live mail beta.

    royalord@hotmail.com

  8. Martyn Walker said

    Please, please, please send me an invite for LIVE EMAIL. ASAP

    Cheers mate.

  9. Rumit said

    Hi
    Requesting Windows Live Mail Beta invite
    Thanks

    P.S. I’ll swap it for Windows Live Messenger 8 invite if you want one.

  10. Dave said

    Please can you email an invite to dhenning2005@hotmail.com

  11. crazydevil00 said

    can i please get an invite email: yourladiesman725@hotmail.com

  12. Rana Asim Wajid said

    can i please get an invite email: asimwajid@hotmail.com

  13. Victor said

    requesting Windows Live Mail Invite, please.
    my e-mail: macaumax@gmail.com

  14. caspar said

    seeking an invite to the live mail…

  15. revan_mj said

    please invite me
    my email is revan_mj@hotmail.com
    thx

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