Your problem is OS dependent.
I hate being conspiratorial, but sometimes things seem intentionally planned.
Originally, my Firefox would freeze when accessing Hotmail. Then came an update and Hotmail worked. Then, weeks later, more freezing--coincidentally just when IE Explorer was updated. I had to use the latter to access my Hotmail. Then the Firefox was updated again and Hotmail worked, but then, again, within weeks, it wouldn't work.
Now I'm up to Firefox 3.08 and Hotmail works. If it suddenly starts freezing again, I'm going to be more than suspicious. Also, I updated my IE Explorer and it won't connect to the Internet. Firefox, Office 2003, all connect fine. The new IE Explorer, V.8, gives me notices saying: "IE Explorer Cannot Display the Webpage." I hit diagnostics and it gives this message: "Windows has detected a problem with the Winsock provider catalog on this computer. This catalog allows programs to communicate with this computer across the network. Would you like Windows to reset the catalog to the default configuration?"
I hit "Yes" and reboot and there's no change.
Doesn't this sound a bit odd?
Do you think it would help to reinstall Windows 8, or better, is there a way to go back to 7? Yesterday, when I tried to get it working, I lost all Internet connectivity and had to do a system restore going all the way back to March 23 (none of my other restore points worked; no reason given).
Is this a conspiracy or is it just a coincidence?