Microsoft is now beta testing a new e-mail desktop program that will allow users to manage multiple e-mail accounts, including Hotmail.
Windows Live Mail Desktop is a free Windows program that is designed to work with Windows Live Mail, the eventual successor to Hotmail, which is also in beta testing.
The new program is part of Microsoft’s wider Windows Live strategy to promote more flexible web-based services.
Windows Live Mail Desktop may also be used to access a number of other Microsoft online services in the future.
As well as supporting Windows Live Mail and Hotmail accounts, the solution can also be used to support POP3 or IMAP-based e-mail accounts from other providers.
At the moment, the beta test for Windows Live Mail Desktop is restricted to around 100 users, but this is set to be extended to thousands more in the coming months.
A final version of the solution is expected to be released before the end of the year.