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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Windows Live Mail Beta - A.NAXed 

Screenshot of Windows Live Mail Beta

I got access to the Windows Live Mail Beta today. It's impressive. It's AJAX-like (it's really Asynchronous .NET and XML) and is really slick - it has a preview pane, allows use of drag and drop to organise messages and has 2GB of storage.

As well as bringing Hotmail bang up to date from a customer experience perspective, the ongoing project (Kahuna) was intended to showcase the use of .NET as a scalable robust development environment. As Hotmail is the biggest e-mail system in the world, it will certainly achieve that when it comes out of beta.
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