The last time we mentioned Microsoft’s I’m initiative was just a couple of weeks ago when they announced that they had already raised $1.3 million dollars in a year. While impressive, reader “Iain Purdie” noted that this initiative is only available in the United States. Recently others have said that it’s a little disappointing that Microsoft hasn’t expanded it into a global effort. We believe eventually they will expand it so that it’s available in other countries and involves more global charities, but for now it looks like they’re just expanding it in the United States.

Now Microsoft has expanded the program to include not just Windows Live Messenger users, but Hotmail users as well. If you opt-in and you use Windows Live Hotmail, they’ll share a portion of their advertising revenue with a charity of your choice. So how do you go about doing it? For existing Hotmail users, you’ll want to click here. You’ll be taken to a page that looks like this:

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From there you’ll just choose the charity or organization that you want to support, click save, and you’ll be all set to go. For those of you who don’t have an account, you’ll be able to opt-in when you’re setting up a new Hotmail account. Just remember, this is a US only option, for now.