Microsoft has planned a Hotmail press event in October that may mark the introduction of a new and maybe HTML5-based version of its Web-based e-mail service. In this matter, the Redmond company is inviting New York and San Francisco press and analysts to an October 3 event involving Hotmail.
Here's the invitation:
"We listened. We learned. We reinvented Hotmail from the ground up," says the invitation. "From performance to spam to security and more, we're going to challenge your perceptions and show how we stack up against the competition."
Microsoft's not sharing anything beyond what's in this email. But the timing would make sense, given the Softies are ready to start rolling out test builds of Windows 8 optimized for tablets. In the past few days, both Samsung and ASUS have been talking up their new Windows 7 tablets that hopefully will be Windows 8 compatible and upgradable. And Microsoft is expected to provide Build attendees with a tablet of some sort running the Windows 8 bits.
Microsoft is also known to be readying an HTML5 version of Bing that looks a whole lot like the Bing iPad application. Another app that could really show off what HTML5 apps can do would be Hotmail… especially if coupled with an updated SkyDrive cloud-storage service (with maybe even more storage than the 25GB currently offered).
Today, the Hotmail team shed a bit more information on the invitation above:
And then you'll be the first to see the latest features coming to Hotmail this fall.
Chris Jones, Senior Vice President, Windows Live will give a sneak peek at some new features coming in Hotmail.
[Via: All About Microsoft]