Great news! Hotmail has been upgrading and using HTML5 to leverage more function into their services and inbox features. With Hotmail holding down Microsoft’s web-based email services – claiming 17% of market share against the other larger ISP’s (Gmail and Yahoo!) it’s wonderful to see a technology push that helps video into the inbox. BombBomb is especially excited to see email marketers already banging on the new updates and testing video in the inbox.
Litmus tested today with BombBomb (thank you Justine and team) that showed BombBomb partially working in the inbox, Captain Inbox looked it, Campaign Monitor sniffed at it, and a few others have dabbled. We almost popped the bubbly and bought Ferraris, but there was still something missing from the features needed to play the video – all of the controls.
We looked at it a bit and found this:
HTML5 coded needed to control the video
video width=”480″ height=”270″ poster=”http://app.bombbomb.com/video_thumbs/79287739-2a42-32c1-8020-4d3ce5620d57.jpg” controls=”controls” id=”79235fb9-373d-bd00-c2e0-4d3ce5fcbe08″ >
What Hotmail delivers
What the Video Email Heck?
Further research into Hotmail’s HTML5 adoption showed that there’s really no mention of “video” per-se in their outreach to intrigued followers. While having an HTML5 capable inbox does lend itself to leveraging video they removed one of the major tags for usability in regard to having video in the email. Why? (Looking at you Microsoft)
What seems to be most appropriate for Microsoft’s affinity for HTML5 is what they ARE talking about:
Usability updates and easier user migration from competitors
- “Microsoft has updated Hotmail, bringing better navigation, right click support and keyboard shortcuts and other enhancements which should not just make the web app easier and faster to use, but also easier for users to transfer from Yahoo Mail or Gmail”
- Link: http://microsoft-news.com/hotmail-gets-new-html5-features-shortcuts
Updating SkyDrive with HTML5 to make it faster and more robust
- “We’re using HTML5 for CSS animations, reflow animations and other features. We’re using local storage for various parts of our caching support. We’ve also worked on making our HTML more standards compliant, so that everything you see works in as many modern browsers as possible.”
- Link: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2011/07/14/how-we-used-html5-to-make-skydrive-fast-for-millions-of-people.aspx
HTML5 driven “Offline Storage”
- ” The Softies are working on an HTML5 version of Hotmail with something that few people understand the consequences of: offline storage,” my contact said. “They are planning on replacing the Windows Live Mail client with it.”
- ” the offline storage concept is something to ponder — especially when you remember that Google is working on taking advantage of HTML5’s offline storage capability, as well. Google officials have said that they’ll enable offline support for Google Docs via HTML5 (but still have provided no delivery timetable for doing so).”
- Link: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/how-ies-html5-support-could-affect-hotmail-and-other-browser-musings/9241
This appears to be a race between Gmail and Hotmail for a better inbox performance for their users.
Making Hotmail 10x faster – “Instant Email”
After the HTML5 addition to SkyDrive, Microsoft testing showed this:
Open message Dec ’10 – 3.3 seconds, June ’11 – 0.18 seconds
Delete message Dec ’10 – 3.1 seconds, June ’11 – 0.14 seconds
Compose new message Dec ’10 – 4.3 seconds, June ’11 – 0.20 seconds
- ” But, we’re not done. We believe performance is a feature, and we’re committed to making Hotmail as fast as possible. We will continue to find more ways to make Hotmail load faster, and we’re also working on ways to improve the efficiency of even more of the most common actions.”
- Link: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2011/06/30/instant-email-how-we-made-hotmail-10x-faster.aspx
HTML5 is a smaller part of a bigger initiative
- ” Many of you have told us that you want to see Hotmail ship more features more often. We hear you loud and clear, and that’s definitely something we’ve already started this year with seven releases in the last six months – each one containing many new features for customers and often a lot more under the hood.”
- Link: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2011/07/05/hotmail-thanks-you-for-a-great-15-years.aspx
Conclusion: Video in Hotmail
It’s possible, but underwhelming at best right now.
Throw us a bone Hotmail! I use Outlook, work with a Toshiba laptop, I ‘ve had a Hotmail addy forever, but since iOS just passed you up in email client usage this could get you back. We may even reduce the amount of iDevice images on our website if you all could formally release something about how “friggin’ awesome” video in Hotmail is.
In the end, it’s a great step in the right direction for email geeks, interactive marketers, ISP’s and ultimately the user. We just need to be patient and cross our fingers that an announcement from Microsoft comes sooner-than-later about having a more full-featured video in the inbox solution.
Until then; stay thirsty my friends.
Viva la Email.