An updated version of Microsoft's Windows Live Mail application will unite all of a user's Web mail and instant messaging accounts and associated contacts lists.
vnunet.com reports that the so-called "Windows Live wave 3," previewed at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference, will bring together disparate messaging systems, including Gmail, Hotmail and AOL.
Users will have one list of friends and one inbox and will be able to pick which account they want to send an e-mail from. Since the new Windows Live Mail also has a contact interchange with social networks, contact information will automatically update, according to Brian Hall, Microsoft's general manager for Windows Live. Not only that, but all contacts and calendar information will be synchronized into Outlook.