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Microsoft Finishes Transfer from Hotmail to Outlook

Microsoft has finally finished one of the biggest digital moves in the company’s life from Hotmail to Outlook.
Over 400 million email accounts are using Outlook now, we are unsure how many moved from Hotmail although we expect the vast majority previously used Hotmail, as it was towering towards 300 million active accounts.

The Hotmail to Outlook move
The team at Outlook state the reason for the move is to provide the best email service for more than one billion users, pretty optimistic considering no email client currently has over three quarters of a billion.

Outlook was also a more fitting candidate for Microsoft’s new cloud centric, tile based office. With Hotmail dragging behind in years, Microsoft took the opportunity to integrate the two mail clients.


The announcement shocked a lot of big Hotmail users but in the broad sense it did not harm the accounts too much, as they were able to simply integrated into the new Outlook format. Hotmail account Plus users are still able to use the service without ads.

Microsoft managed to get everything done in six weeks and moved 150 petabytes (PB) of information from Hotmail to Outlook. Outlook now has over 125 million people accessing email, calendar and contacts from a mobile device using Exchange ActiveSync.

Two new Outlook features
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With this final move to Outlook, Microsoft also announced two new features to the email client. These two features are SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) and improved SkyDrive integration.

SMTP simple means if you use Outlook as the main email client and have a Gmail or Yahoo account connected, when sending an email it will show as that email address, and not sent “on behalf of” another account.

This means if one account is an alias and the other is for work, the receiver will not see both email addresses but instead see the one they messaged.

SkyDrive integration has always been on Outlook, but now the user can drag photos, videos and other media and documents from SkyDrive onto the email.


Microsoft has said this may take a few weeks to come to everyones Outlook account and the process takes time. SkyDrive is already linked with Outlook email and users get 25GB free.

Outlook Going Forward
Now it is full steam ahead, according to the Outlook team, who seem prepared to start working on some innovative and helpful tools for the email client.

We expect with the latest news Gmail is integrating with YouTube and other Google services, Microsoft will want Outlook to be more integrated with Bing and all other services.

This could be the next step in email, being able to tag and use all the different services to your advantage. Right now, we can see reasons for sticking with Gmail, with Google’s new intelligent notifications for setting calendar dates.

Outlook does have a clean and operative client service though and should be coming to iOS soon, alongside the Office 365 package.

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