Microsoft Launches Windows Live Hotmail Worldwide

Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows Live™ Hotmail®, the successor to MSN® Hotmail, is launching globally in 36 languages. The most significant upgrade for Hotmail since it pioneered the webmail industry in 1996, the new service has been built to be a vast improvement over the previous Hotmail offering, having incorporated input from more than 20 million beta testers. Windows Live Hotmail will deliver a safer, more powerful and productive e-mail experience than previous versions with flexible access via the Web, on a mobile phone or with an e-mail client. Microsoft also announced that later this month Windows Live Hotmail customers will be able to access their Windows Live Hotmail e-mail and contacts for free* using Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2003 or Office Outlook 2007 via the new Microsoft Office Outlook Connector beta.

As Windows Live Hotmail begins rolling out on May 7 and continues over the coming days, consumers will be able to visit http://www.hotmail.com to sign up for a new Windows Live Hotmail account. Current MSN Hotmail customers can also update their existing account to Windows Live Hotmail by logging into their account and clicking on the green Join Windows Live Hotmail button.

"We're thrilled to deliver Windows Live Hotmail to the more than 280 million active MSN Hotmail accounts around the world," said Steve Berkowitz, senior vice president of the Online Services Group at Microsoft. "Windows Live Hotmail represents an extremely compelling end-to-end e-mail experience that makes it easy for customers to get best-of-breed e-mail access across PCs, mobile devices and the Web. Windows Live Hotmail is a cornerstone online service for Microsoft and a critical part of our online advertising business because e-mail is a key point of influence for consumer purchases. We're pleased to announce the launch of the service to advertisers in addition to consumers on the eve of the Microsoft Strategic Account Summit."

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Since the UI is available in other languages I guess we will eventually get i.e. @live.no domains pretty soon too

My beta sign disappeared now. I can't wait for the new client, I got a little hasty and tried to setup my live account on the windows mail, but it said it doesn't support HTTP accounts. Hurry up and release it guys!!! I want I want!!!

hey, someone already owns izlude@hotmail.com, but I own izlude @ live.com does this mean if he decides to upgrade, it will overwrite my account??? :S

Nope, you will have the @live.com domain and on his end it will just say its' not available. No worries!

I got some hot @live.com emails, too.

1337 [4T] live[dot] c0m
masterchief [4T] live[dot] c0m
nathan [4T] live[dot] c0m

to name a few..

I really dont get it. Because I have Verizon with MSN, and they because give me a "Premium" account, I cant switch to Live Mail. I got the same thing when I tried to sign up about 6 months ago, and I get the same thing now.

OK, so www.hotmail.com says you get a 1 GB inbox. mail.live.com says you get a 2 GB inbox. Which one is it? My account that was in beta for sometime is still at 2 GB.

regular hotmail was upped 1GB recently, but for all the people who beta tested live mail got 2GB.. so I guess when you sign up to live hotmail or when converted you will get 2GB. me thinks.

that trick no longer works dude..
they have patched the bug..
new @live.com registration has been hold off temporarily ..

the @live.com is not available though is it?
EDIT:
I just read on the official blog that it is coming within the next few months..

They should have kept the name as Windows Live Mail, it sounds much more professional. Hotmail was bad enough; Windows Live Hotmail sounds really dumb.

Mines there...kind of interesting though. I have been part of the managed beta since it started and was on bay117 and they switched me over to the non beta portion this morning which is bay140. I kind of liked bay117...made me feel important.

Because it is still in the Beta stage. They have launched it worldwide now but nobody said anything about it going out of Beta just yet. It will soon though.

illz55 said,
Because it is still in the Beta stage. They have launched it worldwide now but nobody said anything about it going out of Beta just yet. It will soon though.

actually its no longer beta

This new Live Hotmail is actually very nice. Too bad it's taken them this long to create a proper rival for Gmail.

i cant seem to sign up?

Sorry! You can't get to this page.

It could be because:
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"a new beta to be known as Windows Live Mail will be made available "in the coming weeks" and will be the successor to both Outlook Express and Windows Mail in Vista as Microsoft's free desktop email client." - Liveside.net

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-bYtE said,#3]And where is this "green join Windows Live Hotmail button"? No where to be found on my account.

As Windows Live Hotmail begins rolling out on May 7 and continues over the coming days, consumers will be able to visit http://www.hotmail.com to sign up for a new Windows Live Hotmail account.

you'll get it show up as they roll it out

Is that actual POP3 support offered or just Outlook specifically? :-/

Edit: oh wait... "Microsoft Office Outlook Connector beta." wtf.. A new *product* just to share mails and contacts? x)