Hotmail Plans Everything-But-Kitchen-Sink Upgrade For Aussie Users

In the age of Gmail, Microsoft's Hotmail service has a distinct last-century vibe about it, but Microsoft is still trying to maintain its relevance. A promised list of upgrades announced today in a press release include integration with feed from other social networking, sharing and blogging sites (including Flickr, Twitter and Wordpress), and access to Gmail and other external accounts via Hotmail. The social networking options are also being added to Live Messenger, though it should be noted that the big three — Facebook, MySpace and Bebo — aren't part of the deal. (A bunch of other Live features were also mentioned in the announcement, but most of these are already available as separate downloads.) The new features are scheduled to be rolled out to Australian users between now and February 2009; they haven't shown up in my Hotmail account as yet, and frankly I'm reluctant to reinstall Live Messenger while I'm on the road because of the hideous effect it has on system start-up times. But if you've seen the new-look Hotmail, tell us how it rolls in the comments.


    Digsby is keeping me sane at the moment, but apparently VoxOx is one up on that.

    I found Pidgin very unstable, but that was a while ago - they may have fixed it by now.

    I feel sure I read somewhere (a Microsoft blog) that Facebook would be one of the social networking "connections"

    It would definitely seem an obvious target, but it's conspicuous by its absence from the official announcement.

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