I set up a new hotmail account because of spam on the old one. A now I find that if I want to interface with outlook I now have to pay 15.00 to microsoft for something I have been doing free of charge for years! This seems crazy and in my view their tactics seem to be create a dependency then charge the licence payer as much as possible even although we have paid licences for xp and office. So much for bill Gates vision of an interoperable world when in fact ms are creating their own barriers and then charging the consumer for ot.
Recently, Hotmail® announced that in order to improve customer experience and reduce spam and junk e-mail abuse on MSN® services, Hotmail will no longer allow new e-mail accounts to be accessed via Microsoft® Office Outlook® and Outlook Express.
We are pleased to inform you that because you are an existing and valued customer, at this time your current Hotmail and MSN account(s) are exempt from this restriction and you will be able to continue enjoying access to those accounts from Outlook or Outlook Express. However, any new Hotmail or MSN accounts you create will not be accessible via Outlook or Outlook Express.
Because you actively use Outlook or Outlook Express to access one or more of your MSN Hotmail or MSN e-mail accounts, this could be the ideal time to consider subscribing to our powerful new e-mail service - Microsoft Office Outlook Live.
So Microsoft have provided a free service to you for years (Hotmail),have also,for years,allowed it to interface with Outlook....now they've decided not to give that function away for nothing....what a rip off...how dare they stop giving things away...maybe Bill Gates should be shot.....maybe not....you wouldn't wanna pay for the bullets either would you.
In the real world companies exist to make money - not to provide free resources to the entire planet ad infinitum. Microsoft has allowed millions of people to use the Hotmail servers completely free of charge for years, and a goodly percentage of those people have abused the priviledge right, left and centre.
The writing's been on the wall for a long time, and to call Microsoft's action a rip off is too silly for words.