Microsoft Retires Hotmail: Switching Users to

By: Gizbot Bureau

The preview label that was on Microsoft has been taken off by Microsoft. This clearly hints a transition of all Hotmail accounts to very soon. The recent move by Microsoft is based on its strategy to integrate all services under a single banner.

Confirming on the same, reportedly even Microsoft stated to the media world on Tuesday that the company has begun migrating Hotmail accounts to as it officially launches its revamped email service.

"Starting today, Microsoft will begin to upgrade every Hotmail user to," the company said in a statement. "The upgrade is seamless and instant for Hotmail customers; everything including their email address, password, contacts, etc., will stay the same, " said the company in AFP reports.

Microsoft Retires Hotmail: Switching Users to

Microsoft found no reason to run email services under two names - Outlook and Hotmail, hence decided to integrate services. was introduced by Microsoft back in July as an "in preview" service. It is seen that the service within a period of six months has brought under its wraps 60+ million users. This makes Microsoft's the fastest growing email service ever. is a regenerated service from Microsoft and the service includes just a minimalistic interface when compared to, the older version from Microsoft.

New sign-ups are assigned the domain while old users of Hotmail are still in the old interface. The transition reportedly won't involve a change in email id, folders, contacts or calendars, other than a change in the interface. The revamped version will also get a new look compared to the old interface. The new interface contains only flat and minimalist buttons and bars.

Microsoft Outlook comes with free Excel, Word and Power-Point apps. These add-ons enable users to view and edit attachments without leaving the browser. Microsoft Outlook also has another key app, SkyDrive. The app ensures that attachment sizes of files never become an issue. One single ID can be used to log into SkyDrive, Xbox Live Service, and Outlook Web mail service.

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