hotmailMicrosoft has just announced that they will be replacing Hotmail users with a new name for their service called Outlook. The highly successful  Hotmail account we have all loved, and in some cases hated through the years, will be no more. Now, current Hotmail owners will have a choice between Live.com and Outlook.com. The transition will start slowly of course but everyone will lose their Hotmail account to one of the the two names Live or Outlook.

“We thought it was time to push the boundaries of email,” said Chris Jones, head of Microsoft’s Windows Live division, which includes Hotmail. “We created a new mail service for a modern user experience.”

I didn’t realize how long Hotmail has been around but it actually launched in 1996 and has over 325 million users around the world.

So what do you all think? Are you picking Live.com or Outlook.com?

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3 COMMENTS

  1. HOW TO GET YOUR @OUTLOOK.COM ADDRESS:
    Go to the Settings cog in the upper right, go to More mail settings, and you will see under Managing Your Account an option that reads Create A Outlook Alias (boo! Should be AN).

    Go grab your name NOW. I got mine!

  2. I hope this is a hoax b/ it will be a real pain in the a$$ to change my email tag on all the websites and contacts!

  3. You can keep your current Hotmail account name forever. I just added an Outlook.com alias to it. Up to 5 aliases are supported. You will eventually be forced to go to the Live.com or Outlook.com SITE, but your email name is safe. Lots of confusion out there about this…

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