Hotmail was one of the world’s first webmail services.
Hotmail was launched in 1996 by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith in California. In 1997 the company was acquired by Microsoft for approximately $400m and relaunched as MSN Hotmail.
The rebranding did not stop there – it was later rebranded as Windows Live Hotmail before later changing to Outlook.com in 2013. According to Microsoft, the webmail has over 400 million active users as of 2014.
Although Hotmail email addresses still exist, the Hotmail service has been completely replaced by Outlook.com. Functioning as Outlook.com, users get unlimited storage, calender, contacts, Ajax and close integration with OneDrive, Office Online and Skype.
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