Closing Hotmail brings you to

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted March 11, 2009 8 comments

Just saw someone twitter about this, and seems to be true, although not sure how long this has been going on: when you sign out of Hotmail, instead of being taken to, you are now taken to  This works even if you have, say, set as your default search in IE.

So signing in to Hotmail from MSN:

msnhotmail and then signing out: hotmailsignout

Takes you to


Unfortunately, since lately has turned into one great big beta test, with features appearing and disappearing at will, we can’t use the pager to go back to yesterdays cute otters picture.  Here’s some baby otters, anyway:


Sending people to visit the page seems like a no brainer to get them to try out Live Search, although the advertisers on might not be too happy.

Posted March 11th, 2009 at 9:15 pm
Category: News
Tags: Hotmail, Live Search
  • JSYOUNG571

    I know this is off the subject, but does anyone know how much longer we are going to have to wait for web messenger to work in Windows Live Hotmail? It appeared the first time when we were upgraded to the latest version of Windows Live Hotmail, but vanished the next day and has not come back.

  • JSYOUNG571

    BTW when I close my Hotmail, it still goes back to MSN.

  • surilamin

    Still takes me to, but if this is on a slow rollout, maybe we’ll see it in the coming weeks. Tis a step in the right direction though…

  • Alber1690

    Haha…I’ve been saving every picture since January 24th :p

    The pika has been my favorite animal they’ve had so far…the otters were pretty cool too.

  • CalumJR

    The latest update to Hotmail is an utter disappointment. Not only is WebMessenger not evident, but the new favicon is not there and there is no support for dynamic themes. Oh dear…

    On topic, I am glad they have finally stopped redirecting you to MSN when signing out. That made no sense to me, but I still think they should direct users to, even though it shows nothing when they are not signed in.

  • Vasudev

    This is not new. I had noticed it since long time .Some of my Hotmail accounts takes me to msn page , some to when signed out.
    btw the Live Search Home Page displayed shows Holi – the Indian festival of colors. Its a nice way to explore something new daily with Hotspots.

  • Kip Kniskern

    Thanks for the comments. The redirect still works here, hadn’t really noticed it before either way, although I know it used to redirect to MSN.

    And yes I missed on mentioning the Holi picture, saw quite a few twitters on it. Isn’t it time to get these background images working worldwide?

  • Vasudev

    Yes Kip, I fully agree. All features should be made uniformly available worldwide.