Microsoft no longer forcing Firefox users into “Classic” mode – “Full” version now available to Firefox users!

So, I logged into my Hotmail account (aka the Spam Dump) and was surprised to find that Microsoft has stopped their blocking of Firefox for the “new” mailbox features…  A long time user of Firefox, I have simply accepted the petty tactics of MS against Firefox users (it’s not just them, my bank does it too), but it seems that I no longer have to live my life as a second class Hotmail citizen.

For those with no knowledge of the issue, Microsoft has seemingly singled out Firefox users and prevented them from accessing the “Full” interface to Hotmail’s email service.  Seemingly limited to Firefox, other browsers (IE & Opera – not sure about Safari) have been able to access the full functionality of Hotmail since its initial roll-out.  Hotly debated in various circles, it is widely believed that the limiting of access to the “Full” functionality of Hotmail’s services were based not on browser computability, but instead merely on browser client branding alone (which is why some browser other than MSIE worked, while others did not).

I do not know what brought about the change of heart over at Microsoft – perhaps they are finally finding honey works better than vinegar? – none the less, I am ‘pleased’ (read as indifferent) to see Microsoft has decided that childishly blocking their service’s users from utilizing its full functionality is not a good business move.

Well, off to my sparkling new spam box’s interface!

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