October 3, 2004.
I received this from Fastmail as I am a subscriber. I also subscribe to MSN as my ISP, so I assume this change in April 2005 will not apply to me. I pass this along for what it is worth. First, I paste here the blurb in the Fastmail email, then I paste the press release content from the link in the blurb.

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Hotmail removes Outlook access - FastMail.FM doesn't!
Tell all your friends who use Hotmail about this! Recently Hotmail announced that it will be dropping Outlook access for all users who do not pay a subscription. Hotmail will effectively lock-in their users to the Hotmail web interface.

If they act quickly, they can migrate all their existing email messages and address book entries to FastMail.FM, where access will continue to be allowed via Outlook.

FastMail.FM press release [link][See text of this press release after the asterisks below.]

How to migrate your hotmail to fastmail [http://www.fastmail.fm/docs/hotmailmigrate.html]

Microsoft's announcement unfortunately means that FastMail.FM will be unable to download messages from Hotmail accounts, as FastMail.FM uses the same mechanism as Outlook to retrieve Hotmail messages. According to Hotmail, they will continue to support this access until April, 2005 for users that are already using this access. So, if you are already downloading Hotmail messages to FastMail.FM, we expect this to continue working until April next year.

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FastMail.FM press release
How to migrate your hotmail to fastmail
Microsoft's announcement unfortunately means that FastMail.FM will be unable to download messages from Hotmail accounts, as FastMail.FM uses the same mechanism as Outlook to retrieve Hotmail messages. According to Hotmail, they will continue to support this access until April, 2005 for users that are already using this access. So, if you are already downloading Hotmail messages to FastMail.FM, we expect this to continue working until April next year.



Breaking free of Hotmail
October 2nd, 2004

Soon, million of Hotmail users will lose the ability to access
their email through Outlook and Outlook Express ... unless they pay a
subscription.

After that point, Hotmail will effectively lock-in their users so that they
may only use the web browser interface, making it difficult to migrate
their messages should they decide in the future that they'd like to use
a competing service.

There is a way out for Hotmail users who don't want to pay for the WebDAV
service that permits the use of clients, but they'll have to act quickly.

They can transfer all their Hotmail accounts to the free FastMail.FM email
service - described by the Sydney Morning Herald as "faster and far superior to
Hotmail on every level". Fastmail provides a migration facility (see
http://www.fastmail.fm/docs/hotmailmigrate.html) that gives users freedom of
choice over their email preferences. FastMail.FM provides a system called
"IMAP" that provides all of the benefits of Hotmail's integration with Outlook
and Outlook Express, including offline mail reading, and folder and message
synchronization. And there are several bonuses:

* Faster than Hotmail
* No advertisments
* 10MB of storage free
* Synchronized with your favorite email program (Outlook, Mozilla,
Eudora, etc...)
* Option for paid upgrades to get personal support, your own domain
name, 2GB of space, and much more

FastMail.FM is a fast-growing worldwide web-based IMAP email application with
none of the advertising and spam problems associated with other typical
web-based email applications. FastMail.FM also announced today increases to
storage limits for all accounts, with the flagship 'Enhanced' account getting
2GB email and 250MB file storage.

Robert in Austin, Texas