I have been checking/downloading and sending hotmail messages using Outlook Express since my Win98 days. Now today my OE started acting funny - like Hotmail messages which had downloaded were shown as not downloaded and I had some funny "blinks" on the screen. Then I get a message from "MSN Announcements" about OE and Hotmail being "beta" which I knew and something about an autoresponse by sending a blank email. I did that and in part here is the auto response I received: <p>Please note that you can only use Microsoft Outlook Express to view your Hotmail messages if you have a Premium Pay service account, such as MSN Extra Storage. The rest of the message talks about how to enable/disable Hotmail in OE and also mentions Outlook 2002 now being capable of being used with Hotmail. Anyone else got any input on this subject?? Please I don't want to hear about swapping to another e-mail client, I want more info on this situation! Thanx in advance.