Hotmail Officially Dead

Hotmail is officially dead as Microsoft announced Thursday it has “completed upgrading all Hotmail customers to Outlook.com,” its “free modern email service.”

Outlook.com
Outlook.com
In a blog post, Microsoft said the upgrade paved the way for over 400 million active Outlook.com accounts with 125 million of them accessing email, calendar and contacts on a mobile device.

The company also rolled out two new features: SMTP send that allows users to send mail from different email addresses, and deeper integration with SkyDrive.

Outlook.com has a clean new look, Microsoft posted, focusing more on content and more important information. The ads have been removed and the user interface is designed to be fast and user-friendly.

There’s another improvement, users can now insert files and pictures directly from SkyDrive.

“When you’re sending an email message, you can select files from your SkyDrive and we’ll automatically turn those into the right thumbnails with links that have the right permissions tied to people that receive the email. When you insert pictures from SkyDrive, you automatically get a beautiful photo mail,” Microsoft’s Dick Craddock wrote.

Messages can be easily edited, and adding or removing files and photos can be done right from the message compose tab. The integration, Microsoft said, has started to roll out and will be available globally in the coming weeks.

Now that Outlook.com is complete, Hotmail is officially dead.