Images: The changing face of Web mail Summary: With Windows Live Mail currently being tested, here is a look back at how Web-based e-mail has changed since 1997. By Compiled By ZDNet Australia | May 3, 2006 -- 05:15 GMT (22:15 PDT) Microsoft acquired Hotmail in December 1997, and got 8 million users. Here is a screenshot of Hotmail as it looked then. Credit: Microsoft 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next Topics: Government, Collaboration, Microsoft Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.