One Laptop Per Child / Linux - Hotmail Issues

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Comments please.

I have a new 'laptop' to a spec. that could be termed 'ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD'. This runs a version linux and the browser is based on firefox.

I've tried to log into HOTMAIL LIVE but now don't have proper functionality.

My desktop PC has a dual boot system, one hard drive withMicrosoft XP and one with linux ubuntu. When I boot from the linux hard drive and browse using firefox I again do not have full functions using HOTMAIL. No such problems have surfaced when booting from XP and using IE to browse.

Before you ask yes I have followed the prompt at log on to Hotmail to 'Up-grade Your Browser' to the latest version of Firefox. In fact it had already been up-graded BEFORE Microsoft gave the initial prompt!!!

It would be a great shame for Microsoft if the expansion of PC usage heralded by the One Laptop Per Child initiative deprived many millions of users from considering HOTMAIL as a supplier of email services.

However, if MS are trying to force none MS product users to look elsewhere for email they should keep on doing the same. There are now 'plenty more fish in the sea ' I'm glad to say.

Yours regretfully...

Pete E

(a Microsoft customer since MS DOS 4.0 and Windows 2.11 using a 286 PC and an 'orange' monitor)
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Corey Gouker, Employee

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I'm not sure which version of Firefox you are using, but this would be helpful. I'm currently running Firefox 3.0.4 against the latest release of Hotmail without any real issues. There is a slight change in behavior with dragging and dropping and some other minor differences but no major functionality is missing.

Could you let me know what the key problems are and I can certainly relay them to the Hotmail team.
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As suggested have now up-graded Firefox to 3.0.4 which has just been released, together with Ubuntu 8.04 hey presto HOTMAIL works again and I can now input text into the body of emails.

I also notice other changes that have been made to HOTMAIL...

When I sent emails from my Google email accounts in the recent past they took 10 MINS to arrive and some time much, much, much longer to arrive.

It's good to know that all things come to those who wait... and (when have to) whine in public.

Thanks Corey.

Regards... Pete E
(AKA the valued MS customer)