Thursday, November 6, 2008

Hotmail in Ubuntu fix

Not too long ago there was an update to Hotmail basically rendering it unusable in Ubuntu. This is just one more item to add to the list of reasons why Microsoft sucks. Personally I prefer Gmail but I have a legacy account on Hotmail that I must check every now and then.

After searching around for awhile I came across several solutions to get Hotmail working. One required opening up the about:config settings and changing the general.useragent.vendor from Ubuntu to Firefox. This works but it is required every time you restart your browser. There was also another solution that involved creating some .js script and placing it in your profile folder?!? Finally I found a somewhat decent solution. This should work in any Linux type system.

First you need to install the User Agent Switcher add on.

Then you need to create a new User Agent profile by going to
Tools -> User Agent Switcher -> Options -> Options

Then click on User Agents tab and hit the Add button.

Add the following fields:

Description : [whatever]
User Agent : Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/2008092417 Firefox/3.0.3
App Name : Mozilla Firefox
App Version : 5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/2008092417 Firefox/3.0.3
Vendor : [blank]
Vendor Sub : [blank]

Here is what it should look like (some of the characters got cut off at the end)

Then click on OK OK

Now when you want to use Hotmail you can just quickly switch the User Agent Profile to the newly created one. When you are done, simply switch back to the Default Profile.


Pico said...

Muy buen, muchas gracias!

Anonymous said...

This site rocks!!! Where have you been all my life??

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! It also works on my Acer Aspireone running Firefox 2 and Linpus Linux, so thanks very much!

Anonymous said...


unlike all the other fakers who claim to know how to do it...

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much :) My partner will appreciate this greatly (it almost made her switch to Gmail which would've been great!)

Marcelo Poli said...

Microsoft thanks you.
Their logs show that you are using IE instead of Firefox when you use this hack.
They will tell everybody that IE is the most used browser with 99.9% of the users in Hotmail, and that's not true.
Everyone of you MUST tell MS that the infamous Hotmail doesn't work with Firefox. It's their fault. They suck designing websites.