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Kindle Fire gets its own Hotmail app

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Hotmail users who own Amazon's Kindle Fire now have their own app for the Microsoft email program. If it sounds weird to think of a Windows app on Android, it's not; it's smart business, and Microsoft has done the same with many of its programs for iOS, Apple's mobile operating system, as well as for Android mobile devices.

The Kindle Fire is Android-based, but Amazon has its own app store and approval system for apps that make it onto the Kindle Fire. Apple, Android, Amazon —no matter, says David Law, director of Hotmail product management.

"We think it’s critical that our customers can use Hotmail from any device they choose," wrote Law on a Windows Live blog announcing Hotmail for the Kindle Fire. ( is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBCUniversal.)

"In addition to making Hotmail work great on devices running Windows, we’ll continue to invest in great experiences on other major device platforms," Law wrote. "The recent release of iOS5 and our Hotmail application for Android has made it even easier to use Hotmail on those devices, and the result has been over 12 million active Hotmail users on iOS and over 3 million active users of our Android application."

While you can get to Hotmail via the Kindle Fire's Amazon Silk Web browser, the free Hotmail app for Kindle Fire should offer some advantages, he said.

"Whereas the native Kindle application simply downloads your mail via POP3, with the new Hotmail app you can sync all your mail, contacts, folders, and subfolders via the more robust Exchange Active Sync protocol."

You can download the app at the Kindle store here.

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