check your hotmail account!
Microsoft, in an effort to drive users away from its free services into more revenue-friendly fee-based ones, has begun deleting all sent messages older than 30 days from its Hotmail email system. A number of users seem to have been caught unawares by the policy and complain of having lost archived writings with no chance of recovery. Microsoft claims a notice was sent out a notice about the policy in mid-June, but a repeat warning just before the deletion would have been helpful.
(via Cut on the Bias)
Hey, I've got a basic economic lesson for the suits at the revenue-hungry dotcoms: If you don't want to give your users free services, don't give them free services. If you give your users a free service, don't be surprised if they refuse to pay for it. (Microsoft claims more than 110 million Hotmail users, but fewer than 300,000 of those have opted for a fee-based extra storage feature.) Simple. It's called Supply and Demand.
(arrggh...Blogger just ate the second half of this post. Scuse me while I try to reconstruct it...)