Hotmail


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Hotmail

(messaging)
A web mail service bought by Microsoft.

http://hotmail.com/.

Outlook.com

Microsoft's Web-based email. Formerly Hotmail and Windows Live Hotmail, as of April 2013, all users with hotmail.com and live.com email addresses were redirected to outlook.com. Resembling the Outlook client program, Outlook.com provides seamless editing of Office Web Apps attached to email messages. Users can also make a Skype video call while in Outlook.com.

Hotmail Was Always Hot
Hotmail was a very popular Web-based email service. Originally developed by Hotmail Corporation in 1996 and acquired by Microsoft in 1998, Hotmail was available free or paid based on message storage and attachment capacity, security and other features. Later falling under the Windows Live umbrella, Hotmail was officially Windows Live Hotmail, and it was also branded as MSN Hotmail for a while. See Windows Live Mail, Windows Live and Outlook.
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Microsoft's free email services Outlook.com and Hotmail have reportedly suffered an outage across Europe on Monday, according to reports.
Microsoft's deputy general counsel, John Frank, said that the company would meet a more rigorous standard before peeking into a non-employee's Hotmail account.
Microsoft's Hotmail, the free webmail service used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, was phased out Friday, as the US tech giant completed a rebranding to Outlook.com.
Microsoft is in the middle of moving users over from its aging but popular Hotmail service to its new Outlook.com.
"Starting today, Microsoft will begin to upgrade every Hotmail user to Outlook.com.," the company said in a statement.
This seems to be in response to the complaints from people who use Hotmail, which serves banner advertisements.
Microsoft HoTMaiL was originally launched in 1996, and had around 369m users by March 2011.
Hotmail was launched by the company in 1996 but has not been updated for eight years.
The interface is much cleaner and fresher than the ageing Hotmail service, and there's social media integration with Facebook and Twitter, so you can, for example, access your Facebook friends list from within Outlook.com.
According to leaked screenshots, new Hotmail not only features a cleaner interface but also a new branding as "Newmail".
"We're aware of an outage impacting Hotmail, SkyDrive, and our other properties.
"Got my emails and personal folders back , I know some of us will not trust Hotmail , but this is the case with any online services , and in some cases it's very hard to change our emails because it's related to many things , so what I did , I just create Gmail account and forward copy of my hotmail to it," commented a Hotmail user on Facebook.