Hotmail replaced? It's shocking, but it's true. Hotmail is being replaced completely by outlook.com, and it's happening sooner than you might think. If everything goes according to plan, Microsoft's webmail service will be fully updated to the new service by summer 2013, according to a Feb. 19, 2013 report by NBC News.
NBC reported, "The move was spurred by surprise growth in the Outlook.com mail service, which has amassed 60 million active users in just six months." That was apparently the motivating factor behind having Hotmail replaced.
There is some good news. You will be able to keep your @hotmail.com email address indefinitely. You can even keep visiting hotmail.com, however, your request will eventually be routed to outlook.com, where you can experience everything that outlook.com has to offer. If you want new @outlook.com email addresses, that's an option, too.
If you want to learn more about the new email service, why not visit the source. According to the website, "Outlook.com is a free email service built to keep you connected like never before. Share your photos and videos more easily, manage your inbox effortlessly, and stay up-to-date with your friends no matter where they are—all from one place." There's even a dedicated "Upgrade from Hotmail" button if you want to get started early on your new email experience, so you don't need to wait to have Hotmail replaced unless you want to.
For those who are resistant to change, don't worry. The site promises, "All your stuff automatically comes with you when you upgrade to Outlook.com. Your Hotmail login and password, saved emails, and rules are automatically moved to your new inbox."
Were you surprised to hear that Hotmail will be replaced? Will you wait for the transition to Outlook, or do you plan to jump ship for another email service?