Hotmail officially dead, Microsoft finished migrating 400 million Hotmail users to Outlook

By on May 3, 2013 in Internet, Technology Comments

Hotmail is now officially dead. Microsoft began to automatically change Hotmail email addresses to Outlook.com last February. Microsoft‘s Outlook announced on their official blog this Thursday, May 2, 2013 that they have already finished migrating 400 million Hotmail users to Outlook.

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“Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve completed upgrading all Hotmail customers to Outlook.com.” A statement reads at Blogs.office.com, noting that their goal was to build the best email service in the world, capable of leveling up to more than one billion active customers.

“Coupled with the growing organic excitement for Outlook.com, this has pushed us to over 400 million active Outlook.com accounts, including 125 million that are accessing email, calendar, and contacts on a mobile device using Exchange ActiveSync.” Outlook added.

“Of course, this had to be done with a live site experience that was handling billions of transactions a day. We’ve been focused throughout the upgrade on ensuring that every customer has a great experience. We’ve been overwhelmed with the response so far, based on the comments we’ve received.” Outlook said further.

Microsoft also announced the two recently added features to Outlook.com: SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) send, which will make users easier to send an email from different email addresses, and deeper integration with SkyDrive, where multiple file formats can be stored and easily be sent to others from the web.

Microsoft said that they spent the last few weeks making sure that everything was completed to meet the high quality expectations from Outlook users, which they claimed to be already 60 million active accounts as of last February. For old Hotmail.com users, they will still use the same address.

On their earlier video preview, Microsoft announced that Outlook.com users to interact with each other across social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. It also now supports the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.



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