Hotmail – free email service, part of the service Windows Live, provides access via a web interface, POP3, DeltaSync and Exchange Activesync. One of the first free email service, by mid-2012 the world’s largest postal service and the largest database of email addresses of users of Hotmail.
Was launched in July 1996 as «HoTMaiL». Developers – in Mountain View, California.
Service was acquired by Microsoft in 1997, according to various estimates, approximately $ 400 million, and shortly thereafter was renamed «MSN Hotmail». The latest version was released in 2011. Hotmail had unlimited space for storing emails, integration with instant messaging service (Windows Live Messenger), calendar (Hotmail Calendar), file-hosting (SkyDrive). According to ComScore for June 2012 was the largest Hotmail email service with 324 million people after him in the rankings were GMail and Yahoo !. mail Was available for 36 different languages.
July 31, 2012, Microsoft introduced a preliminary version of the new email service Outlook.com, which replaced Hotmail in 2013 as a trademark. Hotmail users have been translated into Outlook.com, while retaining the ability registering addresses with the domain @hotmail.com.
The idea of a web address, which easily can be run from any computer, came up with Jack Smith. Sabir Bhatia developed a business plan. On July 31, 2012, a new alternative Notmail called Outlook.com. and has a new and fresh interface Metro UI. Currently, Microsoft is creating a new email service Outlook.com. All Hotmail users will be automatically transferred to a new email service with a more convenient and a new design in early 2013, and Hotmail will be forever closed.
When registering new Hotmail users can select domains: @hotmail.com, @live.com, @msn.com, @live.ru and @outlook.com.