Aug 2, 2012
After the public introduction of Outlook.com as a replacement to the already defunct Hotmail.com as online email service provider, more than 1 Million users sign up within the first 6 hours.
According to Microsoft, Outlook.com noticed that more than 1 million people were tempted to eagerly sign up for the newly reinvented email service since its first announcement. This information was also revealed via Twitter by its official account @Outlook sending out the 7 digit figures of good news. Is this for real? Are they just Microsoft’s employees trying to lure everybody else from jumping from Google’s Gmail and Yahoo Mail? What do you think?
The said 1M users were not the same people who previously owned a @hotmail.com address because these are new sign-ups and not upgrades. Currently there are hundreds of millions of @hotmail.con users worldwide that were undecided yet whether they will re-claim their new @outlook.com address or not. These users were distributed worldwide gathered from it’s over 10 years of service. According to Microsoft Outlook.com, if you’re an existing @hotmail.com user you only have to ‘login’ again and upgrade to the reinvented email service.
I tried accessing my old account that’s also my first email address but it doesn’t exist anymore. So I try to create a new one so that I can look around. After providing all the information needed, I was presented with a new and clean interface. There are no ads and its clutter free with streamlined login page, navigation and dropdown menus.
After looking around there’s really nothing new with Outlook.com but I noticed that Microsoft was really looking to ensnare even users from top social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Microsoft provided a ‘add people to your contact list’ feature that will allow you to import contacts from the above mentioned social networking sites. Microsoft also allows existing Facebook users to interact directly with their Facebook friends from Outlook.com similar to Yahoo’s effort to retain their existing users.
Will Microsoft succeed in its effort by reinventing the Hotmail? Tell us what you think by posting your comments below.