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Hotmail converted to Outlook


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#1 graykat

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 12:58 PM

I used Hotmail for years then battled to keep "Live Hotmail" when their "improved" service came on line. Yesterday even Live Hotmail went on the fritz. Today when I checked my email Microsoft informed me that my Hotmail/Live had been converted (unilaterally) to OUTLOOK.

I despise Outlook! But since I refused their offer of Skydrive (talk about insecure sites!), I guess they decided to dump me.I tried to contact customer service, but they seem to have that system out of order today.

Anyone have a similar experience?

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 03:34 PM

This has been widely reported as happening. As an example: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444226904577561050747041874.html

My live mail converted to outlook. You won't be able to switch it back. If you don't like it, you'll need to find an alternative or accept the outlook layout.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 12:03 PM

Mine did the same, if you look, you can switch it back, it asks you

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 01:53 PM

Thanks for that. It used to pop up and ask if you want to switch. Now you have to go to the little gear next to your name in the upper right and there is an option to switch it back.

However I wonder if it's a temporary thing? Or whether it will become permanent at some point in the future like Facebook and their timeline thing.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 05:25 AM

I just checked mine and it still hasn't switched over...yet, although as the OP stated, it's been a cumbersome process, esp. keeping everything of mine locked down and private, esp. as of late, since everyone wants to share everything of mine in my Inbox - ugh.

This morning when I checked my Gmail account I was informed that 2 of my docs/file were now in the Cloud and I could share them with everyone! You cannot believe how excited I was... <_<

I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out how to dial down / shut off this spiffy new feature but kept looping back around to their Help page, so I just deleted the files. Nice.

I know this is the trend and I understand the need to monetize and make a profit but it's getting unpleasant for me, so the question is, what's the next email service that folks are migrating to?

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 05:51 AM

I think new Outlook has much cleaner and faster interface.
Microsoft will retire the hotmail service when the Outlook would be officially launched.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:26 PM

Yes, it is faster..snappier than Hot Mail....

I just switched one of my Hotmail accounts to Outlook. It receives mail from all my other accounts....Yahoo, Gmail, hotmail.
I can send mail to other accounts successfully except for other Hotmail accounts.

I'm using Ubuntu. I was at first happy with what look liked a simple switch with all hotmail saved mail intact.
Little difference in appearance or interface. I don't use Thunderbird or Evolution....just online storage.

I'm going to stick with Hotmail for now and I don't see any deadline for switching. Has anyone else read about or been
given a deadline from Microsoft?
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Posted 24 September 2012 - 04:21 AM

Outlook.com is in a beta version so don't be worried and sad. Thankfully, you can still switch to your old-Hotmail style from the Options menu (Gear like icon at the uppermost bar beside your name> Switch back to Hotmail> Skip Feedback. It's not that Microsoft is taking out revenge on you for refusing to use SkyDrive but it's a part of the normal development that it does on a regularly basis. Change is vital and Microsoft understands it that to remain in email service competition, it has to do this. Google also does likeways for its Gmail service. Though I would say that even I personally did not like the change but it's not that bad at all. You will get used to of it slowly. But let's see, it's the final version yet. Microsoft will listen to your prayers. You can also check out the differences here in the new Outlook.com http://www.articlespedia.org/microsoft-kisses-goodbye-to-hotmail-welcomes-outlook-com/. :thumbup2:




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