The Straits Times
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Published on Feb 20, 2013
 

Microsoft switches Hotmail accounts to Outlook.com

 
 

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Microsoft began moving Hotmail users to a free, beefed up Outlook.com email service on Tuesday, aiming to grab back territory largely dominated by Google's multi-faceted online offering.

Microsoft's move follows a test phase in which it adapted the service to try and better serve lifestyles that now increasingly revolve around smartphones, tablets, social media, and software "rented" as a service online.

The number of active accounts on Outlook.com grew to 60 million in just six months during the preview period, Microsoft said, stressing that it lets users connect to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

The US software titan plans to gradually coax owners of the approximately 360 million Hotmail accounts globally to new Outlook.com addresses, which will be better synched to other Microsoft services, such as its Bing search engine.