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Does anyone use Hotmail for their main email?

  1. Lily Rose profile image83
    Lily Roseposted 5 years ago

    I've used only Hotmail for probably 15 years or so and am reluctant to change, but I am HATING Hotmail lately.

    They have done some updates in the last few months and now I am constantly having trouble getting my email - when i try and login I get this message:

    "There was a problem with the Windows Live Hotmail service (a temporary network connectivity issue that has nothing to do with your computer). Please try again."

    Sometimes it takes a few minutes, sometimes a few hours.  Also, once I get in, it's usually very slow to respond - when I click delete to get rid of an email it will "process" for up to 30 seconds or more a lot of the time.  It is maddening!  It is also impossible to get a hold of a person or response to my complaint.....

    Not sure what I'm asking here, I guess I needed to vent my frustrations and I'm wondering if I'm not alone...

    1. WryLilt profile image88
      WryLiltposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I have had my main hotmail account since 2000, so I was very much used to using it.

      However I have Gmail and Yahoo account I use as well (since I frequent many sites I find it a good idea to have logins available on all of them.)

      I created an account to go with my writing work this year - it's with gmail.

      Until this year I'd hardly used it but now I'm so glad I am. They have easy to use 'chat' style layout so say you have ten emails between you and another person, they'll be stacked in one email but in easy to pull up tabs.

      You can change the background color/picture so it's easy on the eyes.

      You can 'star' important contacts or important emails.

      You can have a 'priority inbox'. Great if you get lots of emails. Over time gmail learns which emails are most important to you, putting them straight in the priority list so you don't have to search through the lot.

      You can chat to other gmail users right in your inbox - with no downloads or connection waits.

      Google Buzz also lets you interact with contacts and see what they're up to.

      Just SO much better with hotmail once you've made the change and get used to it (it was a bit weird at first.)

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      nbbatt.composted 5 years ago in reply to this

      No, I like gmail as my main email. I have also yahoo, use and make switch  periodically. Personally, I think Gmail is better. It has google buzz and strict security.

    3. Pcunix profile image90
      Pcunixposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Repeat after me:  Anything Microsoft is involved in will be inferior.

      It's that simple.

    4. David 470 profile image86
      David 470posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I use hotmail as my main email. I also have a yahoo account that was made 10 years ago or so. Back then, I was quite young though.

      I no longer use my Yahoo account because of an overload of spam, however, my hotmail is starting to get spammed up. If I do not check it often, then its not a problem

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      cornwallhousemanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Welcome to the club, in the last few weeks I have not had any e-mail other than "Junk" all the rest goes straight into the "Delete Box" and nowhere to complain. It has been one of the best for many years, BUT now???

  2. Lily Rose profile image83
    Lily Roseposted 5 years ago

    I have heard that Gmail was better and I did open a Gmail account a few months ago but I never check it, nor do I remember my login!  More than one email to check is too much for me to remember.  Perhaps eventually I'll make the switch...thanks for the reinforcement, WryLilt!

    1. kids-toy-box profile image57
      kids-toy-boxposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I started out with a hotmail email but changed to Gmail about six years ago-never looked back-it has everything i need calendar-photos-and google talk. I also love the Priorty inbox and labels feature which means easy organisation of mails. I no longer use my hotmail account it was recieving far too much spam-another good feature of Gmail is that most spam actually gets sent to the spam box. I definitely recommend Gmail!

  3. timorous profile image91
    timorousposted 5 years ago

    I use Gmail for my main personal stuff.  I also have Hotmail, but mainly for signing up for online stuff I might not trust, or other purchase transactions.

    I use Thunderbird as my email client.  You can set up connections to both Gmail and Hotmail if you know the server settings (actually the latest version of Thunderbird will find all that for you if you have your username and password).

    You won't have access to the extra features, just the ability to send and receive, but at least you can do all your email stuff (except chat, and more elaborate organizing) from one place.  You can have a separate tab for each email account.

    By the way, Hotmail is a lot faster and easier this way than on their stupid website.  Here are the Hotmail server settings you need, no matter what email client you have.  It's POP only, not IMAP, so you'll have to actually click the 'Get Mail' button to retrieve your Hotmails.

    IMAP is a two-way synchronizing protocol.  It automatically connects and updates as long as your email client is open.

  4. technotips profile image61
    technotipsposted 5 years ago

    I use Gmail as my main Email account. Hotmail started to give me some headaches by its sluggishness and therefore I am now using gmail.

  5. LloydyBoyz profile image60
    LloydyBoyzposted 5 years ago

    I'm a big Google fan so I have only been using Gmail. But do have an account with Hotmail & Yahoo. Gmail easily beats Hotmail & Yahoo. Its quicker, easier and way more efficient!

  6. pisethz profile image78
    pisethzposted 5 years ago

    when I first start using email in the first several years, my hotmail is very active and still active until today. but currently with gmail though even my hotmail is still active.

    1. Sekharg profile image77
      Sekhargposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Not my primary email but still have it.

  7. calpol25 profile image75
    calpol25posted 5 years ago

    I use hotmail too, as my main one, but I have gmail as well now.
    This update carry on is really annoying every time coz it takes for ever to get into your account.

    Im sure there is some evil person sitting at their desk with their hand on a big red button that blocks people every time from accessing their hotmail.

    I bet they even go to work thinking who can we annoy today?

    (Dont You Just Hate It!!)

    1. PFrutuosa profile image62
      PFrutuosaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I felt it too...
      So I changed...
      But my brother uses hotmail and never had any problem with it, why?

      1. calpol25 profile image75
        calpol25posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Your brother must be very lucky, lol  smile