Hotmail Tech

Out of the closet

By Internet time-scale this is very old news: the Hotmail team is working on a new product, some people have already gotten a glimpse via the mail beta. 

“Mail beta,” you say, “what’s that?”

It’s quite simple… it’s a beta of a new mail product.  True to Microsoft form we’ve given our new baby a name that tells exactly what it is (think: “Word”, “Project” or “Streets & Trips”).  We leave it to those renegades on the Mac team to come up with names like “Entourage”.

A while ago (Imran can tell you just how big of a while) we decided we needed to start fresh.  Hotmail was built to scale to hundreds of millions of two megabyte e-mail accounts, and it does that very, very well.  Hotmail is also built to work with web browsers most geeks would consider dinosaurs.  We realized the landscape was changing and we decided to do something about it. 

For the past year my job has been primarily one of a project manager.  I attended meetings, tracked dependencies and watched documents grow and shrink.  While this is a simplification of what I did (and in no way a slam on the role) it wasn’t what I enjoy most: working on the application interface.  Starting in mid-July Omar took over the project management duties (working with dev and others he’s put together a pretty slick combination of SCRUM and traditional processes… he’s putting us into overdrive) and I got the chance to return to the customer-facing side of the world.

That brings me back to the start of this post: the mail beta.  To go along with this mail beta we created a team space to keep interested parties abreast of our goings-on.  Hop on over there and check it out

For those of you who came to my blog from the team space… perhaps you weren’t looking for my blog… you were looking for my space.

3 replies on “Out of the closet”

just hopped into your’s really nice.
you love working on the application interface, well, i’m looking forward to seeing the improvement of the new hotmail.
would you please give me a chance for the beta? I am currently testing one care now, micrsoft is always having a lot interesting things for us, right?
Have a nice day!

Whenever more experienced techies start getting all snobby and judgemental about beta programs, you take the excitement out of it all. Why so negative. I was tickled about it.

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