SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has announced that its Outlook.com email service has come out of preview mode and will finally replace the rather outdated Hotmail.com.
It's almost seven months since Microsoft unveiled the preview of its 'new and improved' email service last July, which it claims has since gained over 60 million active users.
"Today, we're excited to announce the next step in this journey: Outlook.com is coming out of preview and people everywhere can get started and give it a try at Outlook.com," the firm's director of product management, David Law said in an Outlook blog post on Monday.
"As Outlook.com comes out of preview, we're also announcing that we will soon upgrade every Hotmail user to Outlook.com.
Microsoft said the upgrade will be "seamless and instant" for people who use Hotmail, with their @hotmail.com email address, password, messages, folders, contacts, rules and vacation replies staying the same with no disruption in service.
Microsoft said that when upgraded, users will also receive the benefits of the redesigned Outlook.com, such as the fresh user interface and new features.
"And we won't ever make you switch your email address to an @outlook.com address if you don't want to," Microsoft added.
To mark the launch, Microsoft kicked off its marketing campaign with two advertisements that showcase the email service's features. We've slotted one in below that gives an overview of Sweep, an Outlook.com function that allows users to delete, move or archive messages more intuitively than was previously the case with the frustratingly convoluted and spam friendly Hotmail.com. µ