Microsoft announced Hotmail will get a major update. The service will be rebranded to Windows Live Mail and users will get 1GB of storage capacity for their emails.
I’m happy to say now is quite an exciting time for Hotmail. The great news is that later this month, we are upgrading all Hotmail accounts regardless of the market and account age to 1GB of space. That means a new account created after the change will get 1GB instantly - no more small accounts at the initial sign on and probation for 30 days account feature.
This update is part of our initiative in transitioning our web e-mail service into a next-generation communication service - Windows Live Mail, which is in beta now. As we build out your e-mail service to get ready for this change, we are making big improvements to areas like storage.
We’re also making another change for our loyal Hotmail users who have been with us for 2 years or more. Right now, you need to log in once every 30 days to maintain your account -- we’re now extending that log-in grace period to 60 days. So, if you’re planning a really long vacation (somewhere w/ no internet connection), you don’t have to worry about your Hotmail account being closed when you return. We’ll continue to make additional improvements and updates to ensure a smooth transition to the next-generation web e-mail for our current 260+ million Hotmail active accounts.
Something you can look forward to as we move forward is that Windows Live Mail has a bunch of cool features and a great new design. But the improvements I am most excited about are that once you migrate to the new service, we will double your allowances to 2GB and 120 days for free accounts and 4GB and no account expiration for premium accounts.