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Hotmail: where the characteristic name of the old Microsoft mail comes from

Currently, Hotmail does not exist, as it was replaced by Outlook.

Many of the people who currently use the social networkspreviously started with the hotmail mail. This had different functions, such as the buzz, the stickers, among other things. People, in the first decade of the new millennium, agreed to “connect” at a certain time, and be able to agree on some school work, talk about some pending issue, or simply chat.

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Hotmailthe email of microsoftturned 26 years old on July 4, since it was launched that same day, but from the year 1996. Therefore, if a person gives you their email and is still Hotmail, possibly you are talking about someone older than 25 years. That may give away her age.

Undoubtedly, for many people, an email address with the address Hotmail it was our first approach in the world of email.

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This service was founded by Saber Bhatia and Jack Smith. They decided to name it after Hotmail for a simple reason, that perhaps very few would imagine: in honor HTML Code, the language used to create web pages.

Its creators chose this date for the United States Independence Day to reinforce the idea of ​​freedom that the service gave. On December 31, 1997, Microsoft announced the purchase of Hotmail for $400 millionseeking to compete with AOL (AmericaOnLine).

On December 31, 1997, Microsoft announced the purchase of Hotmail for USD 400 million. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo
On December 31, 1997, Microsoft announced the purchase of Hotmail for USD 400 million. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo
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After the purchase, Hotmail immediately became MSNHotmail.

Subsequently, the February 19, 2013, microsoft informed that it would migrate the accounts of Hotmail to the new platform Outlook.com mail. A new interface that microsoft described as the cleanest and most intuitive.

After this migration, everything continued to work the same, only the name and appearance had changed. According to a global study conducted We Are Social, this year Microsoft’s email service reached 47.9 million and 22.9 million unique accesses.

However, the history of email is further back than this. Actually, the beginning of the mail takes us back to 1971. According to IBMthe first email message was sent during that year, thanks to the efforts of Ray Tomlinson, who by authorizing the experimental CYPNET protocol managed to send a series of messages over the network.

Tommy is considered the creator of the first email program on the ARPANETjust like him responsible for the use of the at sign in email addresses as a mechanism to specify a user and destination for each private message.

This system was used in a closed manner for a time and it was not until several years later that the efforts of companies such as microsoft popularized the service.

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Possibly, the Hotmail Messenger was the first approach of people to a chat similar to the one that is now used in social networks.
Possibly, the Hotmail Messenger was the first approach of people to a chat similar to the one that is now used in social networks.

Hotmail and the development of email

Circa 1988 microsoft released commercial email software under the name of microsoftmail, achieving that same year half a million accounts worldwide.

It was until 1996 when, after being created by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith, that Hotmail arrived on the scene, achieving in its first year and a half of launch, close to 9 million users, what made the use of email common and free.

Following these figures, a year after its launch, Hotmail was acquired by microsoft in an agreement for $400 million. After years of staying on top, on April 1, 2004, Hotmail ran into a real rival after the launch of gmail by Googlewhich since 2012 has become the most widely used e-mail service in the world.

Faced with the need for evolution, just since 2012, Microsoft announced the disappearance of Hotmail to give way to Outlooka suite that they described as cleaner and more complete than the previous one.

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