It’s goodbye to Hotmail. Microsoft announced this week that it bid adieu to Hotmail, and that its new webmail service Outlook.com is now ready for its big debut, according to a Feb. 19 ABC News report.
Outlook.com reportedly has 60 million users and will replace Hotmail, but users need not worry about getting new email addresses. The old Hotmail email addresses, including contacts and all emails will be moved over. The only new difference for users will be the new user interface and new Outlook.com features. ABC News reports that Microsoft expects all upgrades for Hotmail users to be complete by this summer.
Outlook.com was reportedly designed similar to Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system and also includes new social features and a sorting “Sweep” option that moves newsletters, promotional messages and other recurring emails into their own folders or to the trash. These are part of the group of features that Microsoft hopes will differentiate it from its competitors, including Google’s popular webmail service, Gmail, which has over 425 million users.
Microsoft also attacked Google’s advertising policies. “We don't go through your emails to sell ads,” a narrator says in Microsoft's latest ‘Scroogled’ advertisement. “Google goes through every Gmail that's sent or received, looking for keywords so they can target Gmail with paid ads. And there's no way to opt out of this invasion of your privacy,” Microsoft's Scroogled.com site says. “Outlook.com is different -- we don't go through your email to sell ads.”
Google, for its part, responded, explaining, “Advertising keeps Google and many of the websites and services Google offers free of charge,” Samantha Smith, a Google spokesperson, told ABC News. “We work hard to make sure that ads are safe, unobtrusive and relevant.”
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