Outlook.com Now Globally Available To Everyone

Microsoft has announced that its email service Outlook.com has now moved out of the preview stage and is now globally available to everyone.


Outlook.com was first introduced last July by Microsoft’s boldest e-mail move since Google launched Gmail in 2004. The simple interface of Skydrive which promise mega storage will remind you of Google’s product while the People Hub and vaguely Windows 8 look and feel give Outlook.com a distinct identity.

No doubt, Microsoft designed Outlook.com to replace its Hotmail product, which it acquired in 1997, and the general availability marks the start of that process. But Hotmail’s name won’t disappear entirely, Outlook.com will become Microsoft’s sole free consumer e-mail offering.

In a phone interview last week,Dharmesh Mehta, Senior Director of Product Management said existing Hotmail users can switch over at anytime. You’ll be able to keep using your “@Hotmail” address and you’ll have the option to claim an “@Outlook.com” alias, as well. Personally speaking, i’d switch to Outlook.com anyday, i hated hotmail.com from the beginning.

According to CNET however, “Users who don’t switch over on their own will be upgraded in waves to the new product automatically starting this week.”


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