It used to be the case that everyone had an email account on Hotmail Com sign up.
It was convenient and easy to use.
Originally founded by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith in Mountain View, California it was a welcome innovation to the online world.
The company would quickly switch hands in 1997 when Microsoft decided to acquire Hotmail for an estimated $400 million!
That’s the fastest return on investment I have ever heard of!
Think about how insane this is:
You start a company today and flip it for $400 million one year later!
The internet really did skyrocket the economic opportunities available to people.
With more and more services becoming available online, people’s lives were becoming easier and more fluid.
You could afford to send a message to someone halfway across the globe from the comfort of your own PC and you could do so for free!
Whenever something is free it’s sure to draw in crowds.
Not only was Hotmail free, it was also a really terrific service!
Microsoft would later rebrand Hotmail as Microsoft Outlook which is why you don’t see Hotmail around anymore.
It’s not that it doesn’t exist anymore, it’s just that it has been rebranded as Outlook.
Same service, different feel.
Here’s the truth:
There are some real strengths to using Outlook that you might find useful.
It’s designed to feel up to date and modern.
The interface is clean and intuitive.
Who wold want an overstuffed or clunky email service?
No one, that’s who!
Outlook helps you to stay organized by keeping tabs on what’s most important.
One of the best perks to using Outlook is the fact that the same company that owns Outlook also owns Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Onenote.
Think about it:
If you find those applications useful then you’ll be happy to know that all of these programs are easily accessible from Outlook.
Here are some more features to using Outlook that you might find quite useful.
Windows Live Hotmail received great praise from PC Magazine for its incredibly great service.
The standard of excellence was raised by Hotmail’s introduction to the online market and competitors were forced to step up their game as a result.
Of course, Hotmail isn’t what it used to be anymore.
The new Outlook has been plagued with bad rep lately.
Sources have revealed that the NSA allegedly has been permitted by Microsoft to access the chats and emails of users.
That’s never good for user privacy!
Outlook is really good at “sweeping” different emails into the appropriate folders.
This helps you to become more organized and to be able to locate specific emails based on their content.
Now isn’t that convenient!
For those of you who absolutely need more than one email address because of the work they do:
You will be happy to know that Outlook absolutely delivers!
You can create up to 10 aliases per year for a total of up to 10 email addresses!
This helps you to stay on top of your game!
If you’re using Outlook and already have a Microsoft Office account, then here’s a pleasant surprise for you!
The two are integrated together so that if you’re logged on to your Outlook account you can view and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files which are attached to emails.
Skype is such a great communication tool.
You can actually initiate a Skype call to users directly from Outlook.
This incredibly useful feature allows you to hold a Skype call while still inside of your inbox.
Manage your contacts with remarkable ease with the Windows Live People feature available on Outlook.
Here’s the deal:
This feature allows you to keep track of your contacts’ information and view the interactions you’ve had with your contacts.
Now, that’s useful!
Pull up a preview of files attached to your emails with Active View on Outlook.
It gets better:
You can even respond to a Facebook comment or accept a Twitter friend request right from your inbox with Active View!
Keep track of all the useful events happening in your life with Windows Live Calendar.
You’ll never miss another meeting ever again!
For those of you familiar with Windows Calendar on the desktop, this will be a very intuitive and familiar experience for you.
Outlook was originally released by Microsoft on July 31, 2012 as a preview.
Microsoft branded Outlook as a new free mail service that pulls features from both Hotmail and Exchange.
For those looking at a business email client Outlook had a lot to offer them!
Prior to Outlook was Windows Live Hotmail.
It was considered to be an excellent service by PC Magazine.
Some of its strengths included:
“Good junk email tools, free alias email addresses, and a clean, customizable user interface.”
Gmail’s success prompted Microsoft to redesign an email experience from scratch.
They opted for the code name “Kahuna” for the new design as they wanted the experience to be much “faster, safer, and more reliable.”
Two years later the program was completed and released to the public.
Things got hot really quickly when it was revealed by Root-Core in 2001 that Hotmail accounts came under fire.
Anyone could log into their Hotmail account and retrieve messages from another user’s account by crafting a URL with the second account’s username and a valid message number.
Now, that’s a firestorm of a security nightmare right there!
In 1999, Hotmail’s security was jeopardized when a security flaw revealed that anyone could log into any Hotmail account simply by using the password “eh.”
At the time this was called:
“The most widespread security incident in the history of the Web.”
Microsoft made a good bet on Hotmail when they decided to acquire the service.
It’s popularity continued to soar globally until it had become the world’s largest webmail service at its time.
By February 1999, Hotmail had grown to over 30 million active users.
Emails are simply much more convenient than regular old snail mail without a doubt.
By the end of 1997, Hotmail had attained 8.5 million subscribers thanks in part to its seed funding from the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
That’s not even the insane part!
That same year, Microsoft would buy out Hotmail for $400 Million, netting each of its two founders $200 million for a year and half of work!
Has your mind exploded yet!??
When the founders of Hotmail were deciding on a name, they ran through a myriad of possibilities all ending with -mail.
Eventually, they decided on HotMail noticing that it contained all of the letters in HTML.
The idea of a web mail where you could send and receive messages around the world for free was such a powerful one that Hotmail grew faster than any media company in history!
Despite Hotmail’s success, founder Sabeer Bhatiya maintains that he’s no superhuman.
Just flesh and blood like any other human.
What are your thoughts so far?
Have you tried Hotmail (now Outlook) and if so what did you think of the service?