Windows Live Mail – 3 million beta testers and counting


I’ve been using the Windows Live Mail beta (the next version of Hotmail) for about a week.


I’m not a lone beta tester, as Ben Poon, the WM Live beta program manager points out:



“You have more than 3,000,000 neighbors! In an effort to get as much feedback as possible, we’re inviting more and more users onto the beta daily. Click that feedback link! Post a comment on the blog! That’s all you gotta do to get your voice heard and to shape Windows Live Mail for hundreds of millions of users who will be coming after you. Talk about power! And to those of you who have provided feedback already: THANKS!”

Comments (4)

  1. Techie says:

    Seems like MS is taking the Google beta route for Windows Live.  I mean, it’s called "beta", but pretty much anybody can sign up for it.  If somebody complains that something is broken/doesn’t work, you can always say it was just "beta".

  2. Ben Poon says:

    From my point of view, we are not taking the Google beta route for Windows Live. I view Google’s strategy in keeping betas for long periods of time in line with their "overpromise and underdeliver" tenet. We, however, are going full forward with promises of fast, reliable, safe mail, and are working hard to deliver on those promises =]. Additionally, we’re tracking to get out of beta ASAP, whereas they’re chillin like villains with, as you mention, the protection of the beta tag at their back.

  3. yasin gailani says:

    it is very good but it needs to speed up!

  4. sarah l. says:

    having problems scrolling vertically through emails.  when trying to view a long message, the advertisement scrolls down instead and then stops at the end of it and the email message stops too.  any suggestions?