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OLEXP: Description of Hotmail Advertising in Outlook Express

Article ID: 246340

Article Last Modified on 1/25/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 5.01 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 5.01 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 5.01

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For information about the differences between Microsoft Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook e-mail clients, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

257824 OL2000: Differences Between Outlook and Outlook Express


Beginning with version 5.01, Outlook Express supports the display of Hotmail advertising banners.


Because the Hotmail e-mail service is free to all users, the service relies on advertising to support itself. Displaying Hotmail advertising while viewing Hotmail folders in Outlook Express helps to ensure that Hotmail will continue to be offered as a free service. While viewing any Hotmail folder, an advertising pane appears across the bottom of the Outlook Express program to download and display Hotmail advertising. This pane only appears when viewing Hotmail folders and there is no way to disable this advertising pane.

While working offline, Outlook Express displays previously downloaded (cached) Hotmail advertising and does not connect to Hotmail to download new advertising until the next time the Hotmail folders are viewed while online.

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