The new Outlook.com has a stack of handy features, but for some Australian users it also has a major nuisance: a pointless nineMSN bar promo bar at the top of the screen, serving no useful purpose, wasting lots of vertical screen real estate and undermining the effectiveness of the redesign. A fix is apparently on the way.
Not everyone signing in to the revamped Outlook from Australia has experienced that issue. It hasn't shown up on my account, but it did for Gizmodo editor Luke, as well as for test accounts we tried setting up and many commenters. There doesn't seem to be any obvious pattern in which addresses it affects, and clearing cookies doesn't seem to resolve it.
We contacted Microsoft locally to ask about the issue, and got this terse but vaguely hopeful response:
We are aware of this issue and it will be fixed.
There are some great features in the revamped Outlook.com, including an easy way to manage daily deals and subscription mails and excellent email alias options. Let's hope that it doesn't take too long to iron out this minor nuisance.