Wednesday, November 05, 2008


A few hours ago I was automatically "upgraded" to a new version of Hotmail. I am not picky about what additional features an email client has or how stylish the interface is as long as I can conveniently read/send emails. I have had my Hotmail account for about five years. When Gmail came out I decided not to switch since I didn't want to go through the hassle of changing my contact information. With the newest version of Hotmail I am finally considering making the switch.

When logging into Hotmail I am greeted with this page:
It tells me to upgrade my browser despite the fact that I am using Firefox version 3.0.3, the latest version for Linux. After logging in it takes me two clicks to reach my inbox (which is two clicks too many in my opinion).

This is what happens when I try to compose an email:
Notice that the text formatting buttons are grayed out. I tried clicking on the whitespace below that panel to find that there is no text box. That's right, there is absolutely no way for me to send emails because I don't have any way to enter text. I am probably not the only person with this problem. With the most critical functionality of Hotmail broken, I have no choice but to switch providers.


Anonymous said...

Use hotwayd + fetchmail to redirect your hotmail to gmail and cron it. I've been running this for the last year or so, and pretty much have made the transition well :-)

Anonymous said...

I think there's a setting to make the inbox your opening page. As for not being able to write emails... lol.

Gmail's better anyway. Autosaves are an automatic win.

Byron Knoll said...

The bug about not being able to compose emails has been recently fixed.