Microsoft has announced that it will no longer be offering for free its service which allows users to connect to their Hotmail and MSN accounts using Outlook and Outlook Express.
Citing exploitation by spammers, Microsoft will begin charging those who want to use the WebDAV technology to connect using Outlook products.
New users will find that they must pay to use the WebDAV service as soon as this coming Monday, October 4th, 2004. Existing Hotmail and MSN users will be able to continue using the service for free until March or April of this coming year. Users wishing to continue WebDAV at that time can upgrade to Hotmail Plus for $19.95/year, or to MSN Premium for $99.95 per year.
Presently approximately 9.4 million Hotmail users, representing just 5% of a total of 187 million users, use the WebDAV option. While Microsoft says that thwarting spammers, not money, is the point here, that works out to an extra $187,530,000 per year.
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