Microsoft Launches Outlook.com e-Mail; 1M Sign Up In 6 Hours

Since the launching of Gmail in 2004 by Google no other free browser-based e-mail service provider ever reached close to it. In these sixteen years not even Yahoo, Hotmail or AOL evolved as advanced in features and services as Gmail.

Microsoft has come up with an answer to Gmail now, probably. The software giant has launched Outlook.com e-mail service to change the perception. Hopefully.

In first instance Microsoft seems to see its measured success. In just six hours of its launching 1 million users signed up for Outlook.com. Microsoft tweeted this roaring success yesterday.

Existing hotmail.com e-mail user will get a replacement with @outlook.com. Keeping their existing address the Hotmail users can upgrade to Outlook.com.

It is learned the new Web-based e-mail service by Microsoft will integrate Skype in near future and it will deliver a new threat to Gmail-embedded GTalk service.

Microsoft acquired the Skype last year for $8.5 billion.

Google currently has 425 million users and the figure was 350 million for Hotmail in the last count.

With skydrive and social media integration, Microsoft promises to give virtually unlimited storage to Outlook.com e-mail. Well, time to watch whether Microsoft can deliver spam-filtering feature to the highest level then it may be worth for us for a switch to it.

Lets hope it does. Meanwhile, do put your own views in the below comment box about this giant step of Microsoft of becoming a rival to Gmail.

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