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Windows Live Hotmail is the new interface to your Hotmail account. You can currently switch back to MSN Hotmail, but that may not stay true.
Somehow I've been converted to the "new" Windows Live Hotmail interface, and I don't like it. I want to switch things back to the way they were before. How do I do that?
I'll show you, but I'll also warn you.
The forward march of progress always has casualties, and I believe that what you're calling the "old" Hotmail interface is going to be one of them.
It wasn't that difficult for me to revert back to the old style of Hotmail.
While looking at my inbox, I clicked on the Options link:
On the resulting page the option to "Switch to MSN Hotmail" is near the top:
I clicked that and all was back to the old familiar interface.
But, I'm betting that there's a catch.
From what I've read and what I've seen in the past, I'm expecting that this option will go away. In fact, it might not even be present for many of you now.
I expect Microsoft to completely discontinue the old MSN Hotmail interface, effectively forcing everyone to move to the new one.
So while you can switch back, my recommendation is that you do not. My recommendation is that you take the time to become comfortable with the new interface, and perhaps send Microsoft feedback on the problems you encounter. I know that the new version has fixed some issues (you can now specify that all sent mail be automatically saved), and apparently removed some functionality (I still can't seem to send "plain text" emails).
But regardless of how you feel about it, it certainly appears to be the direction that Microsoft is taking Hotmail.
And if you don't like it, there's always GMail, Yahoo mail, and many others.
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