Thursday, March 05, 2009

How to use Windows Live hotmail with Safari 4 Beta

As you know from my previous post I am a little irked that my hotmail does not work on Safari 4 which has rapidly become my default browser because it is teh awesome. The problem is the page loads just fine but when you try and click on your email to view them nothing happens. Up until now i had been switching over to firefox to access my hotmail account now i don't have to.

Microsoft has not been much help but I have figured out a pretty simple fix.

Go to
  1. Go to safari -> Preferences
  2. Select the advanced tab
  3. Click the checkbox that says "show develop menu in menu bar"
  4. The develop menu should now appear in your menu bar at the top of the screen between bookmarks and window.
  5. To use your hotmail or Microsoft live account go and login as you normally would.
  6. Go to Develop -> User Agent here you will find a list of different popular browsers. I think this basically will make Safari 4 work like the bowser you select from this list.
  7. Dont bother with using any of the internet explorer agents none of them work. Select the "Firefox 3.0.5 windows" version.
  8. Your page should reload and voila you can access your emails again.
This will allow you to access all of your emails and interact with your hotmail normally. Additionally you do not have to worry about changing this setting back to continue browsing as once you close your window Safari will go back to default.


Heather said...

You are a genius! Thanks heaps!


Aaron said...

Glad i could help Heather!