Microsoft Officially Launches

                  Microsoft Officially Launches

With 60 million active accounts, now fastest growing email service in the

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 19, 2013

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Microsoft Corp announced
that its highly popular email service,, is ready for primetime.
Since the release last summer as a preview, millions of people
have already actively started using it, making it the world's fastest growing
email service, going from 0 to 60 million in just six months.

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A vision for modern email

Email is a critical part of our everyday lives; email plays a crucial role in
how we get things done. was designed as an email service focused
on removing barriers and simply getting people going. getspeople
going in four key areas:

  oDelivering a beautiful, fresh and intuitive experience on modern browsers
    and devices
  oKeeping people connected with their friends and co-workers across the
    networks they really use
  oProviding a smart and powerful inbox to handle today's email needs
    including SkyDrive for sharing virtually anything in a single email
  oPutting people back in control by prioritizing their privacy

More than 60 million help make the vision come to life

Through the preview,Microsoft hasheard a great deal about customers'
favorite features, the way they use the product, and how well is
delivering on the company's vision for modern email. For example,
lets customers connect to popular social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn
and Twitter. Today, millions of people are using those features to keep
up-to-date with friends' contact info updates, photos and Tweets.
is also designed to make it easy to send hundreds of photos and videos in a
single message – all powered by SkyDrive. After only six months, nearly half
of all people using have already used SkyDrive to share more than
half a billion photos and Office documents.

A great upgrade for Hotmail customers

Starting today, Microsoft will begin to upgrade every Hotmail user to The upgrade is seamless and instant for Hotmail customers;
everything from their email address, password, contacts, etc.
will stay the same. Now Hotmail customers will get all the benefits from the
redesigned experience: a fresh and intuitive user interface, lots
of new features, and better performance.

Get started today

Those who would like to get the new benefits of the experience
cancheck it out today at

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

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