Have several friends who are also having tons of trouble with connecting to HotMail. Have been asked to see if it can be resolved, worked on both machines.
What I found is not what you expect, both clients were heavy email users, one used his for a small home business.
Actually it seems like the Hotmail system is very overloaded at most times of the day and night. Ping responses from the servers are incredibly slow (this will cause time-outs in the Browser) at all times actually.
Both folks were getting a variety of errors to get on, and once on, would get login errors, of if they did log in, they could get one or two emails and they would get thrown off the system. Nothing was the same with both users except they were longtime users of hotmail.
Another friend who is a very new user to Hotmail was having no problems on getting into hotmail or getting mail in and out. This was checked at the same times I was working the problems with the other machines. This was a few weeks apart actually.
This is a free service so contacting M$ about it, you get a auto-message to join up with MSM for x$$$ each month and no help. One of the people has writen several emails to M$, gets auto-reponses to the email, but no infomation on the problems. They will not discuss Hotmail on the phone at all.
Some searching around and a few posts on my part, which got many flames and a few interesting replies. One of which defined Hotmail is now a 'Marketing Tool' to encourage people to migrate to MSM. Supposedly older users are trageted for this by making access inconvenient and troublesome. How that sells the idea to join MSM, a pay service, still eludes me.
At first never thought a lot about it, but some follow up on these two people, seemed one was accessing normally all of a sudden, the other (small business guy) was still having problems. Both are considering migrating to another free email service.
Take it for what its worth, Oh and by the way I did start a new mailbox on each machine and accessed it fully, with no delays and problems, both worked fine. So go figure. . . . .
Not a lot of help, but some insite I hope.
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