After making it available for preview some months ago, Microsoft is now officially launching Outlook.com, Microsoft’s new free e-mail service. According to Microsoft, in its preview stage Outlook.com grew from 0 to 60 million users in six months. With this addition, Microsoft wants to offer e-mail users a fresh user experience—one that’s more intuitive and capable of be used transparently with all major mobile and personal computing devices.
What will happen to Hotmail users? According to Microsoft, every Hotmail user will be progressively upgraded to Outlook.com, transferring their address, password, and contacts.
Additionally to this, Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger users will need to migrate to Skype, as the messenger service will be phased out.
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Great step taken to get back its numero uno position for its hotmail.
It now uses outlook which will definitely attract many corporate users. It may not target the non-corporate crowd. As google has maintained its image of being youthful.
Although, Microsoft has Skype under its name,how will it act against google’s Hangout. As skype requires premium account for doing a conference whereas Hangout is free? which is complimented by a huge google community(google+).