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Topic # 13943 6-Jun-2007 17:48
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I almost never use the web interface for my hotmail account, but when i did recently I noticed a big ugly green button inviting me to upgrade/join windows Live hotmail.

Whats the deal with it? Is it any good? Should I bother?

I use Mozilla Thunderbird with the WebMail plugin to access my hotmail, gmail and yahoo accounts.
Does 'Live' work with that?

I don't really need any extra storage space, as I download my messages to my hard drive, then delete them from the server.

Is the spam filtering any better with 'live'?

what else is good or bad about it?


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  Reply # 73699 6-Jun-2007 20:36
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I've been using the new windows live hotmail for about a year now (whilst it was in beta). Yes, it is a much nicer interface. You do need good broadband to drive it though, but you can opt for a cut down version too if its slow. The junkmail is about the same, at the moment it is not fearing so well, but i guess that will improve again. Junkmail management seems to go in phases.

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  Reply # 74867 15-Jun-2007 21:28
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well, i made the switch. it still works just fine with thunderbird. the web interface is a little nicer but it still won't go straight to my inbox when i log in :-(
If anything, the spam filter is worse, tho. but it is easier to mark messages as spam or not spam, so overall i think its better.


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  Reply # 74874 15-Jun-2007 22:45
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Well its hardly an adventure is it? Rather than getting lots of people to tell you about it, just press the green button and find out for yourself.

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  Reply # 74892 16-Jun-2007 10:37
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tallPete: Well its hardly an adventure is it? Rather than getting lots of people to tell you about it, just press the green button and find out for yourself.

yeah, but i didn't want to run the risk of it not working with thunderbird, and not being able to switch back.

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  Reply # 76026 26-Jun-2007 19:30
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weird i thought windows messenger live was new or did msn live have a inbuilt interface for you to see ur emails?

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  Reply # 76028 26-Jun-2007 19:45
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MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger both call out to the Hotmail site, now Windows Live Hotmail. The Hotmail site itself is just an internet site. The Hotmail site itself has just had an opt in upgrade - new version is pretty cool, and you press a green button apparently to upgrade from old to new. You can of course switch back to a classic view.

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