Outlook.com Goes Past 400 Million Users
It doesn't seem that long ago that Microsoft announced the demise of webmail stalwart Hotmail. The plan was to migrate users over to a new Outlook.com service.
Microsoft announced this week that the migration was completed yesterday and that 400 million people are now active users of the new service. They went on to say that 150 petabytes of email data was migrated as part of the transition in the past six weeks alone.
The company also revealed that it will be adding a couple of new features to Outlook.com. The first is called SMTP Send, which will make it easier to send mail from different email accounts. The second is a much better and deeper integration with SkyDrive.
The new SMTP Send service will make it much easier and faster to send emails from an alias account. Recipients will no longer see a message telling them it was sent on behalf of the alias account.
SkyDrive integration will make it much easier to insert files and photos directly into emails from SkyDrive.
The expansion of the service has indeed been a rapid one. Back in February Microsoft revealed that Outlook.com had just 60 million active accounts. They subsequently announced the closure of Hotmail, and the migration of existing Hotmail users to Outlook.com, with the subsequent result that 400 million have made the move over, with over 125 million of those accessing the service via a mobile device.