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About Outlook.com

This article is about the free public webmail service. For the private webmail service, see Outlook Web App.
Outlook.com
Outlook.com logo and wordmark.svg
Outlook.com inbox and message view.png
Screenshot of Outlook.com inbox view with social media window
Web address outlook.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Webmail
Registration Required
Available in 106 languages
Users 420 million (18 February 2013)
Content license Proprietary
Owner Microsoft
Launched
  • July 4, 1996 (1996-07-04) (Hotmail)
  • July 31, 2012 (2012-07-31) (Outlook.com)
Alexa rank positive decrease 619 (April 2014)
Current status Online

Outlook.com is a free web-based email service run by Microsoft. One of the world's first webmail services, it was founded in 1996 as Hotmail (stylized as HoTMaiL) by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith in Mountain View, California and headquartered in Sunnyvale. It was acquired by Microsoft in 1997 for an estimated $400 million and launched as MSN Hotmail, later rebranded to Windows Live Hotmail as part of the Windows Live suite of products. The last version was released in 2011. As of 2011, Hotmail had 360 million users per month. It was available in 36 different languages. In 2013, Hotmail was replaced with Outlook.com, which features Microsoft's Metro design language, and closely mimics the interface of Microsoft Outlook. It also features unlimited storage, Ajax, and integration with Calendar, OneDrive, People and Skype.

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