Microsoft's launched officially; gets 60M users in 6-month test run

Microsoft's launched officially; gets 60M users in 6-month test run

outlookMicrosoft's new e-mail service has been launched officially, according to an official blogpost. Rolled out in July 2012, is a free cloud e-mail service and claims to have registered  more than 60 million users in the 6-month test run.

The software giant has introduced some interesting features for its new e-mail service. These include social media integration, temporary password, display creating an Alias and more (read our full review of here preview.

The email service replaces advertising with the latest updates from Facebook or Twitter when users are reading email from one of their contacts.

"People saw 60 per cent fewer ads when using because they're now getting much more relevant updates from their friends," claims the blog.

Now the company plans to kick off a huge push across a number of countries around the world to drive greater awareness and adoption of "Our goal is to make people everywhere aware of the new and compelling features provided by and to make it easy for them to give a try as a new email service," the blogpost says.

Microsoft, which had bought Hotmail from Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith in 1998, will also migrate current Hotmail/Live users to the new service. It will soon upgrade every Hotmail user to However, everything related to your ID will remain the same – be it e-mail address, password, messages, folders, contacts, rules or vacation replies – with no disruption in service. When upgraded, users will also get all the benefits of the all-new

"And we won't ever make you switch your email address to an address if you don't want to," reads the blogpost.

(Edited by Sanghamitra Mandal)

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