NEW YORK – Some users of Microsoft Hotmail are starting off the new year scrambling to get back e-mails of old. A chorus of frantic users has posted complaints on Microsoft’s online forum that all of their messages have disappeared.
“Please help me get them back,” one user under the moniker “Zacgore” wrote in a post dated Saturday. “All my kids’ info and pictures are in there!”
Others complain that the majority of the e-mail in their inboxes was sent to their deleted mail folders instead. It is unclear from the posts how widespread the problem is. The free Web-based e-mail service is the world’s most used, with about 360 million users globally, according to comScore Inc.
Windows Live support technicians have said in numerous threads that the Hotmail team is aware of the problem and working on a fix.