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Damo R.    29,655
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cybertimber2008    43

It's current name is Windows Live Hotmail. Windows Live Mail is a crappy desktop app, MS made to replace Outlook Express and Windows Mail

Technically they tried to rebrand Hotmail to Windows Live Mail a few years ago (with @live.com addresses too)... but after much fuss, changed it back to Windows Live Hotmail.

Edit: I saw this in reply to the original article and to be honest... it's not a bad idea!

I also kind of wish they went with Skype as the encompassing brand for communication so Skype IM, Skype Call, Skype Mail

Skype - Communication

Office - Productivity

Bing - Search

Xbox - Media

Windows - Platforms

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SongHyeonDeok    77

Should've just gone with Microsoft Mail.

Sounds so much better.

'Newmail' gives me the image of a bunch of elderly people trying to be 'hip'.

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George P    3,385

It's just a codename or w/e, I do get a kick out of people jumping to conclusions though. And fwiw, I get more spam on my gmail account than I do on my hotmail accounts.

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spacer    980

In my opinion "Hotmail" is an incredibly stupid name, so they'll be hard-pressed to come up with another name that's worse. But I think "Newmail" is a placeholder...at least I hope it is.

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dead.cell    1,708

Is this.. Onion? A joke? Something really funny? April 1st? No?

Sigh.

Saw you said Onion, then I scrolled up real fast hoping the link was from the Onion... :(

I'm really hoping it's just a placeholder because this feels like zero thought went into it.

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HawkMan    5,077

I call it SpamMail, since that's the only thing it's useful for

Not anymore so than any other mail service, including private domains.

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HawkMan    5,077

As for the newmail name. did anyone read the article and see that it will be offered as a new interface for hotmail, and users can still use the old hotmail. Did anyone stop to think that newMail will simply be the name of the new interface, while they have both of them.

They're not going to rename Hotmail to NewMail, they're probably not going to rename hotmail at all, it's the worlds most popular mail service by far, and last time they tried they got yelled at from everyone, and if they do, it's going to be Microsoft Mail.

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neufuse    2,683

It's stupid to change the name, period. It's been Hotmail for years. People know it, why screw with it?

Newmail is a codename, but why rebrand? they change it to Live Mail a while ago technically

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statm1    60

Newmail is a codename, but why rebrand? they change it to Live Mail a while ago technically

Live Mail was the client. The website was technically Live Hotmail.

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Southern Patriot    724

What a completely stupid name change...

Rarely do you and I agree on anything, but this is one of those rare times. How many domain names are they going to give it? Hotmail, MSN, Passport, Live, Newmail? All have been (along with some others, I think) domain names you could choose from for your e-mail address from Microsoft. You can't get @passport.com or @msn.com ones anymore, as far as I can tell, but you used to be able to.

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jakem1    1,610

Rarely do you and I agree on anything, but this is one of those rare times. How many domain names are they going to give it? Hotmail, MSN, Passport, Live, Newmail? All have been (along with some others, I think) domain names you could choose from for your e-mail address from Microsoft. You can't get @passport.com or @msn.com ones anymore, as far as I can tell, but you used to be able to.

Yep, I've still got an @msn.com email address that I use :laugh:

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Southern Patriot    724

In my opinion "Hotmail" is an incredibly stupid name

You don't know much about the origins of the name, do you? It was originally spelled as HoTMaiL (HTML), since it was among the first web-based e-mail services.

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Southern Patriot    724

Yep, I've still got an @msn.com email address that I use :laugh:

Same here. Never got an @passport.com one though (unless I did some time and never used it, which is possible).

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+Ryster    556

You don't know much about the origins of the name, do you? It was originally spelled as HoTMaiL (HTML), since it was among the first web-based e-mail services.

This.

I was about to come and make the same comment. The name is far from stupid, and actually makes alot of sense given the service's origins.

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Soldiers33    135

I hope its not changing. I hate the name but love the look cant wait to play with it.

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HawkMan    5,077

Rarely do you and I agree on anything, but this is one of those rare times. How many domain names are they going to give it? Hotmail, MSN, Passport, Live, Newmail? All have been (along with some others, I think) domain names you could choose from for your e-mail address from Microsoft. You can't get @passport.com or @msn.com ones anymore, as far as I can tell, but you used to be able to.

vecause passport was closed down, and changed to a microsoft only service for only their own products, and MSN isn't really used anymore.

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0nyX    259

I really like Microsoft and their products but i have to admit that unification among their products is not their thing.

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Xerax    182

Its obviously a codename.

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Tailwind    320

Its obviously a codename.

Not obvious enough to some.

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kizzaaa    13

The Hotmail brand is one of the most well known, well respected and oldest brands on the Internet. I would be very surprised if Microsoft retired the Hotmail trademark.

It was rebranded to Windows Live Mail ages ago, although that was very short lived!

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HawkMan    5,077

The Hotmail brand is one of the most well known, well respected and oldest brands on the Internet. I would be very surprised if Microsoft retired the Hotmail trademark.

It was rebranded to Windows Live Mail ages ago, although that was very short lived!

No it wasn't. it was branded live mail, and you can still choose live.*** as your domain. Windows live mail is the desktop client.

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ahhell    1,306

I had my 10 year Hotmail anniversary a few months ago. There is no way that MS is going to rebrand it.

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Anthonyd    104

I wonder if they'll rename it "Microsoft mail", but probably not since everybody will have an @microsoft.com email adress and it won't be reserved to MS employee only.

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