Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

Hotmail Goes Alpha

  • Aug 10 / 2010
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technology

Hotmail Goes Alpha

Gmail was in beta testing for the longest time but now users of Hotmail are having to hunt for compatible browsers to do their e-mailing. M$ has even suggested users should try Google-Chrome Browser. ;-) The problems seem quite deep as they have been going on for days. This is not good for a company “all-in” to the web… Fortunately there are lots of alternatives if users decide to switch. It is a bit surprising that M$ hasn’t caught on to the utility of standards by now. I left Hotmail many years ago because of spam. Perhaps this year the departures will be due to lack of service.

3 Comments

  1. Robert Pogson

    There are tons of e-mail providers. Many ISPs do e-mail. With FLOSS it is fairly easy to set one up but it takes skill and knowledge to deal with security issues and accounts. It is feasible for organization alone or in a super-organization to hire an admin to set one up. I sometimes set up an e-mail service in a school so students can learn the basics and everyone can do local messaging. When providing web-mail the biggest difference is needing a properly configured domain and DNS

  2. Ray

    It’s harder to find a webmail provider that’s good these days. Google’s Gmail got flamed because of Buzz, Microsoft’s Hotmail got flamed because of the update. What’s left?

  3. Richard Chapman

    I have a Hotmail account as you may remember (I cleared out all my contacts). I only use it for sites I sign up for (which are very, very few). I use my ISP’s service and Thunderbird as a client. I do have a Gmail account. At least I did a few years ago. I hardly used it. I may check to see if it’s active sometime if I get curious. I don’t understand the benefit of webmail except that your address doesn’t change when you switch providers. I should note that I can go days without seeing a new message in my inbox, that includes spam too. I love it. Ah, I guess I spoke too soon. As I was composing this comment I got two messages and I expect a third soon. Oh well.

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