I have never been a fan of hotmail. Whether it was pre-Microsoft or post-Microsoft. The new Live.com platform has been working its way to a useable platform (example you are reading this blog which is hosted as a live.com service). I have been an MSN customer for many years now. When the Windows Live Mail beta came out I figured I would try it. I was very suprised and pleased with the direction they took this product. A user of Outlook I have never been a big fan of web based e-mail access preferring Outlook or Outlook Express. There is also a new Windows Live mail application which is very impressive. I am still concerned that users such as myself who pay for MSN will be given the same service(s) users of the free hotmail service enjoy.