Hotmail is going desi and users
will soon be able to send e-mail in Hindi. The launch
date for the Hindi service had not yet been decided.
The Hindi Hotmail service will allow users to type
their messages in Hindi, the e-mail address will
continue to be in English.
This move by Microsoft is aimed at
capturing a larger market share in India, where
Hotmail already has approximately 2 million registered
Some Indian websites, notably
Rediff.com already offer e-mail services in various
Indian languages, including Bengali, Gujarati and
The Hotmail service is available
in nine languages: English, French, German, Japanese,
Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean,
Japanese and Chinese.
In addition to this Microsoft
plans to launch its web-based messenger service,
called MSN Messenger, in Hindi. MSN Messenger service
allows users to send instant messages through the