Hotmail retires, Outlook hits 400 million accounts

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Tech giant Microsoft officially retired Hotmail a few hours ago, as it managed to complete a gigantic email transition that involved migrating 150 petabytes of data in just 6 weeks.

And still, it’s worth it, as currently has 400 million active accounts, according to a statement released by Microsoft.

“When came out of preview in February, it already had more than 60 million active accounts. However, Hotmail was still one of the most widely used services, with over 300 million active accounts. This made the magnitude of the process incredible, maybe even unprecedented,” the companyexplained.

Of course, many Hotmail users are disappointed with the decision, but Microsoft claims that eventually, everybody is going to love the new

“Our belief is that as people start using the new experience, they will come to love it even more than they loved Hotmail. We are keenly listening to what our customers have to say, and we’ll make the right set of adjustments to ensure that we make the experience as great as it can be,” it said.

To make sure that Hotmail users would stick to, Microsoft also announced that customers would be able to use their @Hotmail email addresses.

Yet, instead of the classic experience, they would be provided with a fresh and modern look that’s in line with the other products released by the company.

In addition, Microsoft claimed that most Hotmail users are pleased with the move and even published a few testimonials to show everyone that customer feedback is encouraging.

Last but not least, the Softies have also released a brand new FAQ page to provide more information to Hotmail users who have been transferred to


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Segun Adekoye

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