Outlook.com No Longer In Preview Stage

  • Microsoft free email service
  • Hotmail UI to be phased out
  • 60 million active users since launch

Outlook.com has moved out of preview or beta stage today.

  • Microsoft free email service
  • Hotmail UI to be phased out
  • 60 million active users since launch

Outlook.com has moved out of preview or beta stage today. Months after its initial lunch and 60 million users after, Microsoft has announced that their free email service will now be available globally as it exits the preview stage.

First introduced last July 2012, Outlook.com brings in the metro look straight from Windows 8. With its simple interface, Skydrive integration and bigger storage, Microsoft hoped that they’ll be able to convert most of Google loyalist to give up their Gmail accounts in exchange for an Outlook.com account. And to a certain extent, they were successful as over a third of the 60 million active users of the site were Gmail converts.

As for Hotmail, Microsoft said that they don’t have any plans to shut it down anytime soon, but Outlook.com will become the company’s sole free consumer email offering. Hotmail users can also readily make the switch to Outlook with a few simple clicks. Users who don’t switch over on their own will automatically upgraded in waves to the new product starting this week.

Lastly, the company from Redmond have announced that they will be launching a massive advertising campaign in the near future which will include not only TV and radio spots, but online ads and posters in subway stations, which is pretty much what they are already doing for the Surface.

So, are you going to make the Outlook switch? Do tell us by leaving a comment below. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our site for the freshest and most up to date news and features in the tech industry.

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