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Hotmail Finally Dead, 300M+ Users Moved to Outlook.com

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All Hotmail users are now under the Outlook.com roof.

Dick Craddock, Group Program Manager of Outlook.com, confirmed on Thursday that the days of Hotmail are over, that everyone has been upgraded to the new Outlook.com client. This move has pushed the new service over 400 million active users, he said, including 125 million that are accessing email, calendar and contacts on a mobile device using Exchange ActiveSync.

"When Outlook.com came out of preview in February, it already had more than 60 million active accounts," he said. "However, Hotmail was still one of the most widely used services, with over 300 million active accounts. This made the magnitude of the process incredible, maybe even unprecedented. This meant communicating with hundreds of millions of people, upgrading all their mailboxes--equaling more than 150 million gigabytes of data--and making sure that every person's mail, calendar, contacts, folders, and personal preferences were preserved in the upgrade."

The transition was done in about six weeks, he said, and the Outlook team has spent the last few weeks making sure everything was completed correctly. So with the Hotmail upgrades now complete, Microsoft has moved on to introduce two new features: SMTP send to make it easier to send mail from different email addresses, and a deeper integration with SkyDrive, the latter of which will be gradually integrated into the email service.

Previously when Outlook users sent email using a different address, the recipient would see the email being sent "on behalf of" that other account. For example, the received email would read "JustinTyme@outlook.com on behalf of JustinTyme (JustinTyme@gmail.com). Sure, it's trivial, but apparently this has annoyed a number of Outlook users, especially those who'd rather not reveal their other non-Outlook address. That has been fixed, and should work for any email provider that offers POP or IMAP access.

Craddock goes on to talk about Outlook.com's direct SkyDrive integration in the compose experience. When sending an email, users can select files from SkyDrive and the Outlook.com client will automatically turn those into the right thumbnails with links that have the right permissions tied to people that receive the email.

 "When you insert pictures from SkyDrive, you automatically get a beautiful photo mail," he said. "And it's easy to edit the message, and add or remove files and pictures right from the new message compose experience."

The new SkyDrive integration is rolling out now, and will be available worldwide in the coming weeks, he said. For more information about the upgrade from Hotmail, head here.

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    NightLight , May 2, 2013 1:43 PM
    it went pretty smooth, too
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    spartanmk2 , May 2, 2013 1:44 PM
    I like Gmail.
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    senkasaw , May 2, 2013 1:59 PM
    That's a lot of data. I'll bet the room was quiet when they first told their db guys what needed to go down :) 
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    beachbod , May 2, 2013 2:25 PM
    The new outlook is less bloat and a lot more responsive which means a lot when you work on computers that arent the fastest.
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    Jonathan Cyr , May 2, 2013 2:28 PM
    The switch from hotmail to outlook went great, and I actually prefer the layout of outlook. Nice job!
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    godfather666 , May 2, 2013 2:39 PM
    Hotmail was getting extremely slow. Outlook is way faster.
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    Anonymous , May 2, 2013 3:29 PM
    I like how they put Microsoft Office in the cloud. You don't need to pay like $300 or install anything to be able to use Powerpoint, Word & Excel. Just log into your Microsoft email account, click the "Skydrive" tab and then click the "Create" tab. From there you select one of the web apps. Most people only use Word and Powerpoint. If Publisher was added, there would be no reason to buy Office for anyone. I wonder how their shareholders feel about that.
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    drwho1 , May 2, 2013 3:50 PM
    I'm still using my 2 @hotmail accounts, will there be any change?
    I don't get it.
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    g-unit1111 , May 2, 2013 3:51 PM
    They should've killed Hotmail a long time ago. At least it went peacefully.
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    NuclearShadow , May 2, 2013 4:03 PM
    It's kind of sad, Hotmail has a long history. Use to be my main email address for years and still have my account from 96-97 somewhere around there when it first started.
    I guess nothing lasts forever even online.
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    dalethepcman , May 2, 2013 4:21 PM
    Now microsoft can use hotmail.com for that adults only website they were dreaming of...
    As a side note, the clean format of outlook.com is the best webmaile experiance I have used, and puts gmail to shame. It's kind of comical how gmail strives to keep their search clean, but provides nearly non stop advertising spam in my gmail...
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    beoza , May 2, 2013 4:57 PM
    I made the switch in February, must say it's much more responsive and less cluttered. Like the new look and feel of it. Loging in is also much faster, it was getting very slow to log into in the last few years even on fast machines with good connections to the net. It loads a few seconds faster than my gmail accts, however I still use a email client to get my mail.
    drwho1 No there won't really be any change for you as far as your email address is concerned, it still works as it did before, I can still use my hotmail email addy and it's just fine. Everything will remain as it was they just changed the site. Here's a link that will answer your questions: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/outlook/auto-upgrade-outlook-faq
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , May 2, 2013 6:03 PM
    They only lost ALL of my old emails when they transferred me over. I emailed them about it...nothing. I emailed them again today, but I'm not holding my breath.
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    pjmelect , May 2, 2013 7:15 PM
    I think that the new Outlook interface is rubbish, they obviously designed it to match Windows 8 the old Hotmail interface was much better although it was far from perfect. Everyone I know who uses it agrees with me, so it is not just me I am surprised that there are not more people criticizing it on this forum.
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    SteelCity1981 , May 2, 2013 7:35 PM
    I like the new outlook mail it's pretty nice you can select an email for example and it will automaticly remove all those emails related to it without you going through it manually and doing it.
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    tobalaz , May 2, 2013 9:43 PM
    I stopped using my Hotmail account close to 2 years ago when I couldn't get it on my Froyo Android phone and it refused to play nice with any of the available browsers. Switched to Gmail, sent out a notification to all my own contacts and the transition went pretty smooth.
    I know down the road there was actually a Hotmail app released, but by then I already made the move.
    I hope for all the remaining Hotmail users their transition went smoothly and they didn't lose any contacts in the process. God knows it was a pain when I canceled my subscription to AOL when Time Warner started up high speed internet in the area and I wasn't going to keep paying $20 for an email address, which, eventually became free for all anyways.
    Guess I've had crappy luck there.
    It just makes me wonder, if I had went to a Windows phone over Android, would I have been able to just set up my Hotmail direct to a built in Outlook client or would I have been setting up a Gmail account anyways?
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    eiskrystal , May 3, 2013 12:58 AM
    Somebody "likes" the outlook layout? It's one of the worst interfaces i've had the displeasure to have forced on me.
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    teh_chem , May 3, 2013 5:29 AM
    I signed up for an outlook.com email account when it debuted. I have to say that if I weren't so integrated with gmail/google already, I'd be using outlook.com. Nice interface, nice features.
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    godnodog , May 6, 2013 3:30 AM
    well, I really hate outlook, so I am unhappy with it, hopefully I´ll get used to it and not change provider.
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