Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail is Terrible

November 22, 2008 · Posted in Rant Corner 

Windows Live MailMicrosoft’s Windows Live Mail is getting worse day by day. It originally started off as Hotmail, using the classic interface. Although there is not much feature, but it works like a charm.

As time passes, with the emergence of GMail and Yahoo! Mail, Microsoft was faced with competitors’ challenges. In order to meet the market’s demand for better feature and end-user’s comfort, Hotmail was later renamed to Window Live Mail. A brand new interface was introduced to the application, mainly utilising java scripts on its features. However, there was a fall-back option for those who prefer to use the classic version.

Just only recently, a few weeks ago, Microsoft completely migrated all accounts to utilise the advanced version of Windows Live Mail. Although I welcome the move, there was a lot of things that remained broken! It does not work well in a lot of browsers; including Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Not to be surprised, I had difficulties accessing Windows Live Mail on it’s own software – Microsoft Internet Explorer! What an irony.

I just wondered, what else can be used to access Windows Live Hotmail. I can only hope that the Microsoft developers do something that is really helpful to the public and not just restrict the application to its own circle. Everything has become globalised; same here in the IT industry as well. Better develop something that is open to all, rather than trying to monopolise on the market – because as time passes, there will be more people, who are experts in this profession to steal the pie. Things has to change…

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2 Responses to “Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail is Terrible”

  1. lost Israel Windows XP Internet Explorer 8.0 on August 30th, 2009 4:17 pm

    Outlook express seemed slow, so I went to Windows Live Mail [WLM].

    After a few weeks something happened, and half my saved mail was lost.

    A few weeks later – again.

    WLM is slow, unweildly, unreliable.

    What should I change to?

  2. Keith Neo United States Windows XP Mozilla Firefox 3.5.2 on August 30th, 2009 10:03 pm

    Hi lost, I have been using Windows Live Mail for quite some time and it seems to work fine for me.

    If you are running on Windows, then of course, the best choice would be Microsoft Outlook, leveraging on the Outlook Connector. Nevertheless, you will need to pay for that.

    Could it be something that you are running on your PC that is incompatible with Windows?