On Tuesday, Microsoft has announced that its browser-based email service, Outlook.com, has progressed from its preview stage and currently available in the market worldwide.
It was in July 2012 when Outlook.com was introduced. This is considered as the boldest email move during the time when Google released its Gmail way back 2004. At first, the email service will remind you of Google’s email service as it has a simple interface and mega storage. On the other hand, the email’s People Hub and the look and feel of Windows 8 will give Outlook.com the distinct identity from its rivals.
Primarily, Microsoft has designed Outlook.com as a replacement for its product Hotmail. The name “Hotmail” will not disappear completely, but Outlook.com will be the only consumer-free for Microsoft’s email service.
According to the Senior Director of Product Management, Dharmesh Mehta, the current Hotmail users can change over anytime they want to. Users can still use their @hotmail email addresses, but it will also give the user an option to change it to @outlook.com. However, for those who chose not to change, they will still automatically be upgraded in waves to the new service within the week. Mehta further noted that the process is expected to be entirely finished by summer.
Moreover, Microsoft also announced that within six months ever since the launch of Outlook.com, the email service has drawn in millions of users worldwide.