Microsoft Officially Launches Outlook.com

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REDMOND, WA – On February 19th, Microsoft Corp announced that its highly new email service, Outlook.com, is ready for prime time. Since the release of Outlook.com last summer as a preview, millions of people have already actively started using it, making it the world’s fastest growing email service, going from 0 to 60 million in just six months.

Microsoft says the greatest strength of Outlook.com is that it delivers a beautiful, fresh and intuitive experience on modern browsers and devices and helps keep people connected with their friends and co-workers across the networks they really use. Outlook.com’s inbox was designed to handle today’s email needs including SkyDrive for sharing virtually anything in a single email. Microsoft says Outlook.com was designed as an email service focused on removing barriers and simply getting people going.

Through the preview, Microsoft heard a great deal about customers’ favorite features, the way they use the product, and how well Outlook.com is delivering on the company’s vision for modern email. For example, Outlook.com lets customers connect to popular social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Today, millions of people are using those features to keep up to date with friends’ contact info updates, photos and Tweets.

Outlook.com is also designed to make it easy to send hundreds of photos and videos in a single message – all powered by SkyDrive. After only six months, nearly half of all people using Outlook.com have already used SkyDrive to share more than half a billion photos and Office documents.

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Microsoft will begin to upgrade every Hotmail user to Outlook.com. The company says the upgrade will be seamless and instant for Hotmail customers with everything from their @hotmail.com email address, password, contacts, etc. staying the same. Now Hotmail customers will get all the benefits from the redesigned Outlook.com experience: a fresh and intuitive user interface, lots of new features, and better performance.

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