May 8th, 2007
Microsoft has announced that Windows Live Hotmail, the successor to MSN Hotmail,
is launching globally in 36 languages. The new version will deliver a safer,
more powerful and productive e-mail experience with flexible access via the Web,
on a mobile phone or with an e-mail client. Microsoft also announced that later
this month Windows Live Hotmail customers will be able to access their Windows
Live Hotmail e-mail and contacts for free using Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or
Office Outlook 2007 via the new Microsoft Office Outlook Connector beta.
As Windows Live Hotmail begins rolling out and continues over the coming days,
consumers will be able to visit http://www.hotmail.com
to sign up for a new
Windows Live Hotmail account. Current MSN Hotmail customers can also update
their existing account to Windows Live Hotmail by logging into their account and
clicking on the green Join Windows Live Hotmail button.
"We're thrilled to deliver Windows Live Hotmail to the more than 280
million active MSN Hotmail accounts around the world," said Steve
Berkowitz, Senior VP, Online Services Group - Microsoft. "Windows Live
Hotmail represents an extremely compelling end-to-end e-mail experience that
makes it easy for customers to get best-of-breed e-mail access across PCs,
mobile devices and the Web."
"Windows Live Hotmail allows users to move beyond just e-mails and become a
true Web-based organizer with its enhanced services. With Windows Live Hotmail
users can preview email, drag and drop emails and personalize their inbox."
said Jaspreet Bindra, Country Manager, Online Services Group India, Microsoft.