Exclusive: Hotmail Add-in for Media Center Screenshots
One of the really great things about Media Center is its extensibility model for adding new applications. One of the most requested has been an email reader/client and this update does not disappoint. Just as reading email on your cell phone is appealing to a number of us, there are times when you want to quickly catch up w/ your email. For me, it’s the times when my wife asks me to pause a movie or show for her to take a call. I’d like to quickly check my mail without having to
After receiving approval from the team developing the add-in, here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming release of the Hotmail add-in for Media Center. Currently under development, a preview release will be made available next week:
As you can see, the login screen is clean and readable. Email name is cached on login, however the user must enter the password on next login for. I expect this is because Media Center is often used in a shared environment. An on-screen keyboard displays making it easier to tap in with a remote, but I really recommend a keyboard at this point.
The inbox again is clean, and well styled for MCE, MSN and supporting 10′. I was concerned they might try to overload with features but as you can see, it’s easy to use. Sorry for the blurries- but privacy comes first for those who send me mail 🙂
As mentioned before, this first preview release will be a Hotmail Reader. That means you can catch up on your mail, but you’re not going to be able to delete/edit/reply via 10′. Personally, if I get an important mail, I’ll go back to my 2′ desktop and respond there.I understand expanded features will work their way into a later release. I’m encouraged to see the team releasing this earlier to get feedback rather than delivering monolithically and making minor updates over time.
Another thing I noticed is how fast this add-in runs. It’s snappy on my systems and should work fine on Media Center Extenders as well (such as the upcoming Xbox 360) ;).
Availability: I’ve been told the add-in will work its way into the new Media Center on Windows Marketplace catalog for free download next week. It’s clear last week’s releases were just the beginning of a new wave of goodness. Nice.