By now most people have heard, there is a Windows Live Mail currently in beta. It is known as Kahuna. It is what Hotmail will eventually be converted to. I found a pretty good bit on the project – and thought I would share my thoughts on it. Seeing as I am in the beta for it as well. Being not exactly sure what restrictions there might be on it (I don’t think there are any, but no need to push it,) I will be more talking about the ideas and implications than actual fuctionality. Anything discussed here would have been made public by Microsoft.
It is beta, there are some bugs, but over all I like it. My hotmail account ported staight over to the beta, so I had a full account with data to test with and use, not a new email address that I had to force traffic to. Really the question I hear most often is: Why would I use it over GMail, or Yahoo!, etc… the answer is simple: As a person who has an account just about anywhere useful–use what you like.
I bounce between my Hotmail and my GMail account. Hotmail, with the planned future integration of contacts between all of it’s services, potentially will be doing exactly what I have been looking for. GMail on the other hand, has the threaded email function which can be very handy to try and keep track of things. Long and short of the story here is: Keep an eye on the Windows Live brand. Kahuna and Messenger 8.0 (Messenger Live) have been accused of being rips… the AJAX and some visual simplicity styling, perhaps though I don’t think anything is as simple as Fanboys make it, but the under-the-hood integration is going to be very very impressive. Don’t knock it before you try it.
[tags]Microsoft, Kahuna, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live, Gmail, Yahoo! [/tags]