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Encyclopedia > MSN Hotmail
See also: Windows Live Hotmail
MSN Hotmail


Inbox of MSN Hotmail
Developer: Microsoft
Genre: E-mail, webmail
Website: www.hotmail.com(has been replaced by Windows Live Hotmail)

MSN Hotmail was a free web-based e-mail service, which is accessible via a web browser. Its competitors include AIM Mail, Gmail, and Yahoo! Mail. Users of MSN Hotmail were moved to the new Windows Live Hotmail as it was released from beta on May 7th, 2007. Image File history File links Merge-arrow. ... It has been suggested that MSN Hotmail be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that MSN Hotmail be merged into this article or section. ... Image File history File links MSN_Hotmail. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 567 pixelsFull resolution (1004 × 712 pixel, file size: 181 KB, MIME type: image/png)MSN Hotmails inbox as of March 2007. ... Software development is the translation of a user need or marketing goal into a software product. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Computer software can be organized into categories based on common function, type, or field of use. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Webmail is a class of web applications that allow users to read and write e-mail using a web browser, or in a more general sense, an e-mail account accessed through such an application. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... It has been suggested that MSN Hotmail be merged into this article or section. ... Web-based email or webmail is a term referring to an e-mail service intended to be primarily accessed via a web browser, as opposed to through an application such as Mozillas Thunderbird, Apples Mail or Microsoft Outlook. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... An example of a Web browser (Internet Explorer 7) A Web browser is a software application that enables a user to display and interact with text, images, and other information typically located on a Web page at a website on the World Wide Web or a local area network. ... AIM Mail is a web-based email (webmail) service provided by AOL. Its main competitors are Gmail, MSN Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail. ... For other uses, see Gmail (disambiguation). ... Yahoo! Mail is a Web-based email (webmail) service from Yahoo!. It is the largest [1] e-mail provider on the Internet, serving millions of users. ...

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History

Hotmail, founded by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith in 1995 as the first Webmail, was commercially launched on July 4, 1996, Independence Day in the United States, symbolically representing freedom from ISPs.[citation needed] Jack Smith first had the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world, originally in order to get by corporate firewalls blocking regular mail services. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in "-mail" and finally settled on Hotmail because it included the letters "HTML" — the markup language used to write the base of web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casing, which is still styled in that format within part of the URL of the user's email inbox when signed in. Sabeer Bhatia (सबीर भाटिया) is a co-founder of Hotmail and an entrepreneur. ... Jack Smith, along with Sabeer Bhatia, founded the web-based free e-mail service Hotmail, in 1995. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Web-based email or webmail is a term referring to an e-mail service intended to be primarily accessed via a web browser, as opposed to through an application such as Mozillas Thunderbird, Apples Mail or Microsoft Outlook. ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... These fireworks over the Washington Monument are typical of Fourth of July celebrations In the United States, Independence Day, also called the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. ... “ISP” redirects here. ... HTML, short for Hypertext Markup Language, is the predominant markup language for web pages. ... Majuscules or capital letters (in the Roman alphabet: A, B, C, ...) are one type of case in a writing system. ...

The Hotmail logo before it was rebranded under MSN.

Hotmail was initially backed by the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. By December 1997, Hotmail reported more than 8.5 million subscribers[1]. Image File history File links Hotmail_classic_logo. ... Venture capital is a general term to describe financing for startup and early stage businesses as well as businesses in turn around situations. ... Draper Fisher Jurvetson is a venture capital firm based in Redwood City, California. ...


It was sold later that month to Microsoft for a reported US$400m, after which it was rebranded under the MSN umbrella. Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... For other uses, see MSN (disambiguation). ...


By February 1999, Hotmail reported more than 30 million active members.[2] Hotmail serves e-mail accounts in many countries, supporting 17 languages, and is still one of the largest webmail providers as of July 2005, with 35.5% world market share according to comScore Media Metrix data.


Hotmail originally ran on a mixture of FreeBSD and Solaris,[3][4] operating systems. Microsoft initially tried to move the FreeBSD portion of the architecture to a Windows NT 4.0 based system and this failed. Later a project was started to move the system to Windows 2000. In June 2001 Microsoft claimed this had been completed, however, a few days later they retracted this and admitted that in fact some functions of the Hotmail system were still reliant on FreeBSD.[5] FreeBSD is a Unix-like free operating system descended from AT&T UNIX via the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) branch through the 386BSD and 4. ... Solaris is a computer operating system developed by Sun Microsystems. ... // An operating system (OS) is the software that manages the sharing of the resources of a computer. ...


The Hotmail development and operations teams are based in Mountain View, California. Mountain View is a city in Santa Clara County, in the U.S. state of California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


Microsoft intended to phase out Hotmail in favor of "Windows Live Mail", but has since rebranded the service "Windows Live Hotmail", keeping the Hotmail name intact. It has been suggested that MSN Hotmail be merged into this article or section. ...


Storage

MSN Hotmail offers 2 GB (2x1000 MB) of free e-mail storage[6] with a 10 MB attachment limit. Substantial increases in mailbox size were introduced shortly after Google's Gmail debuted. Hotmail users can upgrade from MSN Hotmail to Windows Live Hotmail which offers 5 GB of free e-mail storage to all members. [7] This article is about the unit of measurement. ... ReBoot character, see Megabyte (ReBoot). ... ReBoot character, see Megabyte (ReBoot). ... This article is about the corporation. ... For other uses, see Gmail (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that MSN Hotmail be merged into this article or section. ... This article is about the unit of measurement. ...


Access from mail clients

MSN accounts once had POP3 email access but they sold their POP3 servers to Qwest in favor of HTML servers. In computing, local e-mail clients use the Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3), an application-layer Internet standard protocol, to retrieve e-mail from a remote server over a TCP/IP connection. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


It is in principle possible to check one's own e-mail using the WebDAV protocol (an extension of HTTP), using mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express on PC, Microsoft Entourage on Mac, or an extension for Mozilla Thunderbird.[8] But while this service was free for a number of years, Microsoft announced on September 27, 2004 that they were making it a subscription-only service for new users immediately and existing users from April 2005. However, some (not all) existing users are still able to access their Hotmail accounts via this protocol for free as of April 2007, depending on how long they have been a member of Hotmail and whether their account had ever been suspended due to spam violations. Also, whether it is a technical glitch or not, clients still using Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 but have not updated to SP2 can still access their Hotmail account via Outlook regardless. WebDAV was a working group of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). ... HTTP (for HyperText Transfer Protocol) is the primary method used to convey information on the World Wide Web. ... An email client (or mail user agent [MUA]) is a computer program that is used to read and send email. ... Microsoft Outlook or Outlook (full name Microsoft Office Outlook since Outlook 2003) is a personal information manager from Microsoft, and is part of the Microsoft Office suite. ... For the personal information manager included in the Microsoft Office suite, see Microsoft Outlook. ... The Columbia MPC was one of the many IBM PC compatibles offered on the US market. ... Microsoft Entourage is an e-mail client and personal information manager developed by Microsoft for Mac OS 8. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... Mozilla Thunderbird is a free, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. ... is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Microsoft Outlook or Outlook (full name Microsoft Office Outlook since Outlook 2003) is a personal information manager from Microsoft, and is part of the Microsoft Office suite. ...


It should be noted that Windows Mail, Outlook Express' successor, no longer supports HTML email access. Users can get around this restriction however, by using software that simulates a POP server to which the e-mail application connects. Windows Mail is an e-mail and newsgroup client included exclusively in Windows Vista. ...


It is possible for account holders of Windows Live Hotmail (or normal Hotmail) to check their email through Windows Live Mail (formally Windows Live Mail Desktop). For the web-based e-mail service, see Windows Live Hotmail. ...


Mail from other accounts can be accessed through Hotmail using the "POP mail" button located on the Hotmail toolbar.


E-mail services

Email service Price Features
MSN Hotmail Free Includes 2 GB of e-mail storage and 10 MB attachments with graphical advertisements.[9]
MSN Hotmail Plus $19.95 a year Includes 4 GB of e-mail storage, 20 MB attachments, and no graphical advertisements.[9]
Microsoft Office Outlook Live $44.95 a year Includes 2 GB of e-mail storage, 20 MB attachments, and no graphical advertisements. Also includes Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 for Subscription Services with free upgrades, allowing users to synchronize Hotmail with Outlook.

This article is about the unit of measurement. ... This article is about the unit of measurement. ... This article is about the unit of measurement. ... Microsoft Outlook or Outlook (full name Microsoft Office Outlook since Outlook 2003) is a personal information manager from Microsoft, and is part of the Microsoft Office suite. ...

Miscellaneous

From MSN Hotmail to Windows Live Hotmail

As of June 2006, Hotmail users can now send instant messages from within Hotmail using the integrated Web Messenger function, without having to be signed in to Windows Live Messenger or have the program installed at all. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... For the old versions of this software called MSN Messenger, see MSN Messenger. ...


At the Hotmail main screen, users can access integrated MSN services such as Calendar and Contacts (the latter being shared with Windows Live Messenger). For the old versions of this software called MSN Messenger, see MSN Messenger. ...


In December 2004, Microsoft started its new blogging service called MSN Spaces and integrated it with MSN Messenger (now Windows Live Spaces and Windows Live Messenger, respectively) and MSN Hotmail. MSN Spaces is Microsofts free Social Networking platform. ... MSN Messenger is a freeware instant messaging client that was developed and distributed by Microsoft between 1999 and 2005 for computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, and aimed towards home users. ... Windows Live Spaces (also known by its users as MSN Spaces) is Microsofts Social Networking platform. ... For the old versions of this software called MSN Messenger, see MSN Messenger. ...


If a free MSN Hotmail account is not accessed in a 120-day period, then it is temporarily deactivated (all messages deleted, although not the address book). The underlying Passport account, which is tied to the e-mail address, is not released back in to the address pool for 90 days. This allows the current owner to re-activate the e-mail portion of the account and keep the address before new users can register for it; however this is now defunct. MSN Premium/MSN Hotmail Plus customers (pay service) are exempt from the expiration policy.


In the past, Hotmail has offered users who have held the same account for a number of years the same exemption from deactivation. However, Hotmail changed its policy again, leaving many of those account members surprised to find that, after being told their emails would be saved, they had instead been deleted. Those emails cannot be recovered.


Hotmail is often used by spammers to provide a fake dropbox for use in their messages. However, Hotmail subscribes to MSN's strongly worded Terms of Use, and anyone found to have engaged in spam-related activities will have their account cancelled without warning. A typical spam advertisement Spam by e-mail is one type of spamming that involves sending identical or nearly identical messages to thousands (or millions) of recipients. ...


In early 2000, The MSN Internet Portal was receiving 200 million visits a month. This prompted Microsoft's UK managing director to charge a user fee of £10.00 a year for extra services. Users are now able to get MSN Hotmail Plus for $19.95 a year. All Hotmail accounts include an advanced filter system at no extra cost.[10] ihave to change hotmail to free


Delivery problems

As of April 2007 Hotmail stopped delivering e-mail from a number of mail servers. Mail is normally accepted by the Hotmail mail server (so no bounces or rejects), however it is not delivered to the inbox, nor to the junk mail box. This all regardless of the mail settings and white list settings in the Hotmail account [11].


Hotmail is known to intentionally reject anyone attempting to authenticate from proxies, including but not limited to the relakks.com VPN proxy and neomailbox.net web gateway proxy


See also

Microsoft Portal

Image File history File links Portal. ... For other uses, see MSN (disambiguation). ... The following tables and gallery compare general and technical information for a number of webmail providers. ... Webmail is a class of web applications that allow users to read and write e-mail using a web browser, or in a more general sense, an e-mail account accessed through such an application. ... For the old versions of this software called MSN Messenger, see MSN Messenger. ... It has been suggested that MSN Hotmail be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Microsoft Passport Network be merged into this article or section. ...

References

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Hotmail.com
  • MSN.com
  • Windows Live Messenger (previously MSN Messenger)
  • Gotmail A Perl script which non-interactively downloads mail from MSN Hotmail

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MSN Hotmail Plus will be priced at $19.95* per year in the United States and will provide customers with virtually infinite storage - 2 GB of online storage and the ability to send 20MB attachments, as well as additional offline storage limited only by the size of their computer hard drive.
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MSN Hotmail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1228 words)
MSN Hotmail is a free webmail e-mail service, which is accessible via a web browser.
Hotmail, founded by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith in 1995, was commercially launched on July 4, 1996, Independence Day in the United States, symbolically representing freedom from ISPs.
By December 1997, Hotmail reported more than 8.5 million subscribers [1] and was sold later that month to Microsoft for a reported US$400m, after which it was rebranded under the MSN umbrella.
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