Microsoft has just launched Outlook.com, a new email service that will eventually replace Hotmail. And so far it has proved a success, with a million new sign-ups in just six hours.
The website has a look that’s much cleaner and more modern that dusty old Hotmail design. Microsoft says Outlook eventually replace Hotmail, which has been around since 1996 – pretty much since the dawn of time in internet years. Sign-ups for Hotmail will eventually be wound down, but you’ll be able to use your existing @hotmail and @msn emails for as long as you like, according to a Microsoft spokesperson.
Of course, a new name alone isn’t enough to let Outlook.com trounce its most obvious rival, Gmail. The email service also offers integration with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It brings a calendar and access to any content on SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service, too.
Its aim seems to be to become a social hub, removing the need to head to pretty much anywhere else for your communication demands. Outlook.com also offers integration with Skype, further removing the need for other services.
If you fancy nabbing yourself an @outlook email address, you can do so now. And it’s free.