Hotmail goes belly up; "does a Gmail"

Hotmail goes belly up; "does a Gmail"

Summary: Hotmail is the most recent in the belly-flops of email services when it suddenly went down without warning earlier on today.Hotmail accounts are organised into bays - it's not clear as of yet which bays are affected, although both my accounts are working fine (I'm on Hotmail Plus, so a dedicated bay and no advertisements) whereas my housemate, Nikki, is seriously struggling to use hers.

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Hotmail is the most recent in the belly-flops of email services when it suddenly went down without warning earlier on today.

Hotmail accounts are organised into bays - it's not clear as of yet which bays are affected, although both my accounts are working fine (I'm on Hotmail Plus, so a dedicated bay and no advertisements) whereas my housemate, Nikki, is seriously struggling to use hers.

As always, the LiveSide lads have picked it up, but officially from the Windows Live Hotmail blog:

"We are aware that some of you may be experiencing difficulty accessing your Windows Live Hotmail accounts. We’re actively investigating the cause and are working to fix this as quickly as possible. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and disruption this may be causing you."

Why is Hotmail so popular with students? An awful lot of students use Windows Live Messenger to communicate with others on the cheap - it's free, instant and easy, considering almost everyone has a Windows Live ID, it just makes sense.

Instead of using their university email, you'll often find that people use their Hotmail to send and receive attachments, but also have most of their subscribed services sent there.

Another failure, another dollar. When will the madness end? Well, around half an hour ago when it all kick-started, but there's no excuse, is there really?

You can read my previous post on Gmail going down here.

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  • Mine is working fine

    Never noticed an outage on either of my Hotmail or GMail accounts. I'm not saying they don't go down but it is rare enough that it has never, even once, affected me.
    NonZealot
  • RE: Hotmail goes belly up;

    Mine was messed up for most of the day until recently. But how much can we complain about a free service?
    drewitz@...
  • So What! Just check your email later....

    This is nothing new for email. I've had email go down with email when I was using my internet provider's email throughout the years since years ago when I was on dial-up and then with cable and then with these freebie email services. Big deal. It happens. Live with it. It'll be back up later in the day or tomorrow.
    GiveMeGizmos
  • RE: Hotmail goes belly up;

    Obviously students don't know that you can use any email service in conjunction with Live Messenger.
    scouser73
    • Xbox Live tie in.

      I would imagine that students are using their hotmail account because they have a matching Xbox 360 Live account. When you set up a 360 for online play, it'll ask for a Microsoft Live account. Giving it a hotmail address is quick & easy.

      OR the students are worried about all of the security questions surrounded Gmail. Google does scan emails for target advertisements. Students probably don't like that. I don't like that either, which is why I was paying for a Yahoo Plus account. But I recently switched to hotmail because it has free POP access now.

      BTW, I haven't noticed an outage.
      ashdude
  • RE: Hotmail goes belly up;

    Hotmail and Exchange Labs (Live@Edu) are getting used by students because Universities and K12 school districts can outsource to them or Google which saves them a ton of time and money. It also allows alumni to keep engaged as they retain the account and connection to the college.
    relwolf
  • RE: Hotmail goes belly up;

    Holy smokes, Might have to step outside
    the door....OR
    Worse Call someone lol....just to be sociable.

    Better yet Boycott'em get more for the $$$$$$$

    Get some useable customer SERVICE !!!
    Grayskull
    • "More for the $$$$$$$?!?!"

      Gee, how do you get more for the money for a [b]FREE[/b] service?!?
      justanitguy
  • I always laugh at my sister-in-law

    when she calls me all panicked because she can't get a hold of anybody in her family on their cell phones.
    Strange world these kids are living in today.
    I liked it much better when I didn't have a full email box and voice mail box.
    zmud
  • RE: Hotmail goes belly up;

    It might be useful to maintain multiple e-mail
    accounts for such purposes, with each account stored
    on a different server. Each account could
    automatically forward a copy to other accounts,
    providing redundancy. However, this would not be a
    cost-cutting incentive for companies that host e-mail
    services.
    hidefusa.okabe@...