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May 7, 2007

Microsoft launches Windows Live Hotmail

Posted by David Hunter at 9:17 AM ET.

As anticipated, Microsoft today launched Windows Live Hotmail worldwide with a spiffy new AJAX interface and the intent of retiring its venerable MSN Hotmail which has over 280 million users. Some key aspects:

There are more new features and aside from the nomenclature madness, this all seems worthwhile, but now begins the long transition of existing users which Major anticipates will be complete by November. I can’t help but observe that the transition would be faster if they had the Outlook Connector and the new Live Mail client ready now.

Update: Ina Fried has an interesting Hotmail background story that reveals that the new AJAX interface was deemed too slow, particularly on dial-up lines, and that was the reason that an updated “classic” interface was reintroduced to the final product at some delay.

Filed under Beta and CTP, Hotmail, MSN, Microsoft, Office, Outlook, Windows Live, Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Mail Desktop, Windows Live for Windows Mobile, Windows Mobile, Windows Mobile 6

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2 Responses to “Microsoft launches Windows Live Hotmail”

  1. New betas for Windows Live Messenger, Mail, and Writer -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] This is the first beta of Windows Live Mail which is the new free desktop mail client revealed earlier this month and compared to its now defunct predecessor, Windows Live Mail Desktop, there has been a switch to the same new Windows Live UI as Messenger. [...]

  2. Microsoft ups the ante with 5GB free Hotmail accounts -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] In May, Microsoft launched the Windows Live version of Hotmail, their venerable webmail program, but yesterday they revealed a slew of new usability enhancements including 5GB mailboxes for the free accounts. At this point Google’s Gmail is offering 2.8 GB while Yahoo Mail has no storage limit, so by that metric Microsoft jumped to second place. The net is likely that for most users, mailbox size is no longer much of a consideration although in some corollary to Parkinson’s Law, the average user’s mailbox will eventually expand to fill the space available to it.   Filed under Coopetition, Google, Yahoo, Windows Live, Windows Live Hotmail, Microsoft   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

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