Received an email this evening from the Windows Live Hotmail team notifying me about changes coming this September to various products and services. Here is what they had to say:
Dear Windows Live Hotmail Customer,
You are receiving this note because you have used Microsoft Office Outlook, Outlook Express, or Entourage to view your Windows Live Hotmail®. Microsoft is changing the way these programs access Hotmail e-mail which will require you to take action.
To continue to receive e-mail from your Hotmail account, please select one of the alternative solutions below before September 1, 2009. After this day, new e-mail can only be delivered to your mail programs through the following alternative solutions.
If you use Microsoft Office Outlook to view Hotmail, you can download free Office Outlook Connector to continue accessing your Windows Live Hotmail within Outlook 2003 or 2007. If you’re using Outlook 2002, you will need to change the settings on your program to access your Hotmail. Click here to learn more.
If you use Outlook Express to view Hotmail, you can choose to download free Windows Live Mail (recommended) or change the settings on your program to access your Hotmail within Outlook Express. Click here to learn more about your options.
If you use Entourage to view Hotmail, you can change the settings in your program to view your e-mail. Click here to learn more.
Don’t know what you’re using to view Hotmail? Have more questions? View the FAQ page or visit the Community Forum.
Why is this happening? Outlook, Outlook Express, and Entourage use a legacy communications method (known as the DAV protocol) to access Hotmail. Because the DAV protocol is not optimally suited for programs to access large inboxes such as Hotmail which now provides users ever-growing storage*, new alternatives have been built. Last year, customers asked us to postpone plans to retire the DAV protocol until more options were available. Now that these options (including the POP3 protocol) are available, we are ready to retire the DAV protocol.
Thank you for using Windows Live Hotmail.
Your Windows Live Hotmail Team
If you fall into any of these categories of users who use the available resources to continue using Hotmail normally.