Good move. but... Still Microsoft has just reacted to a competitive thread rather than innovating in the first place. Instead of moving first as the corporation which clearly has the economic potential to create new services that assist users, it has only
and lately responded to competition as was inevitable anyway.
Even the offer of 250 mb falls far short from the 1 gb that is offered by Google. The important thing though is that Google, from what I gather, has a much better, simpler interface, which makes searching and sorting through your e-mails extremely easy. This
cannot be matched by Hotmail's currently mostly non-existent search facilities.
Even the array of services that Yahoo! and others offer are not available on MSN. Where is the briefcase online storage for example on MSN? Where is the News search, Newsgroups search, MP3 and video search, prices comparisons, calendar, favorites and notes
storage facilities? Where is an innovative MSN Toolbar and not the current toolbar that only tries to imitate Google? Or an IE Search Bar which would intelligently gather info from all search engines?
MSN does not even integrate with Microsoft products, which might have been its strongest point. Instead look what happens: Hotmail address book cannot be easily synchronized with Outlook XP and other e-mail clients' address books, MSN Calendar the same, notes
and other Outlook features are not even available on MSN and there is no easy way to upload files on the web. Whilst, synchronization between MSN Services and offline software should have been automatic.