c|net - "Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende may get booted out of office in national elections this month, but he can lay claim to being the first person in the world to get an authorized fresh Windows Live Mail account, Microsoft said on Friday.
Although the Redmond, Wash.-based company moved the Hotmail successor out of beta Thursday in The Netherlands, Microsoft won't have the final version in the United States and elsewhere until next year, later than it had planned.
The Netherlands has almost 16.5 million residents, a third of whom have a Hotmail account, according to Richard Sim, product planner for Windows Live Mail. Windows Live Mail is replacing Hotmail.
About 10,000 Netherlands residents signed up for accounts within hours of the launch, he said. "