Facebook is set to announce a new webmail service on Monday at a special press event.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook’s secret Project Titan, a web-based email client, will be officially unleashed on Monday. Facebook’s 500 million users will get personal @facebook.com email addresses. How does Microsoft fit into Facebook’s latest announcement?
Microsoft and Facebook have been partnering on a number of technologies recently. The software giant has a long standing advertising partnership that saw it invest a $240 million equity stake in Facebook back in 2007. In October Facebook announced a partnership with Microsoft’s Bing search engine to provide social integration. Users of Bing now see social powered search results that incorporate information that their friends have liked on Facebook. Microsoft and Facebook also revealed Docs.com earlier this year. The site is built on a stripped down version of Microsoft’s Office 2010 Web Apps platform. The service can be used to share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents with Facebook friends.
According to Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet, Microsoft will be part of Facebook’s plans. Tipsters suggest that the Office team has been working on integrating Microsoft’s Office Web Apps with Facebook’s own mail service. Winrumors has confirmed the reports with insiders who also suggested that the partnership could be further reaching. One source suggested that Microsoft way have licensed its Exchange ActiveSync technology to Facebook for use in its email service.
Facebook will hold a press event on Monday November 15 at 10AM PST.