MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA AUGUST 21 , 2012 01.00 A.M.
Hotmail is dead . Long live Hotmail ! ! !
Born July 04 , 1996 – Dead July 31 , 2012
Hotmail was the first big online thing for India .
It was the first to provide free Web – based e-mail to the common people .
It was started by an Indian Mr. Sabeer Bhatia on July 04, 1996 .
Its first avatar was Windows Live Hotmail .
It was available in 36 different languages .
It had 330 million users before its death or before being put to rest .
Its competitor Yahoo has only 300 million users .
Its much younger competitor Gmail also has just 300 million users .
With 330 million users Hotmail reigned supreme before its death .
After 2 years of its existence , Hotmail was acquired by Microsoft in 1998.
Microsoft acquired it for $400 million .
Hotmail’s new avatar was MSN Hotmail .
It was officially known as Microsoft Hotmail .
It’s new owner Microsoft announced its untimely , premature death .
Announcement was made on July 31 , 2012 .
Outlook will succeed Hotmail and will be known as http://www.outlook.com
Long before I became net-savvy , I also had a Hotmail account .
I never got to use it , so it was deactivated .
It was the norm with Hotmail . And it became its nemesis .
Gmail , a relatively new cousin , came and dethroned Hotmail .
Hotmail behaved like a decaying , fossilised blue-blood aristocrat .
Hotmail refused to adjust to the gushing fresh winds of change .
And before anyone could guess , it was put to rest .
In 16 years of its existence , it revolutionized email services .
Alas ! it died young . Rather too young .
Rest In Peace !
MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA
- Microsoft puts Hotmail out to pasture (mynorthwest.com)
- Outlook.com Is Microsoft’s Hotmail Reimagined (And You’ll Actually Want To Use It) (lifehacker.com.au)
- Microsoft Gives Hotmail A Facelift, Says It Will Transition It To Outlook (npr.org)
- Microsoft to Phase Out Hotmail, Focus on Outlook E-Mail (bloomberg.com)
- Microsoft Reboots Webmail Efforts With a Familiar Name (bits.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Microsoft Tries, Tries Again to Take on Gmail, This Time With Outlook.com (allthingsd.com)
- Email Smackdown: Outlook.com vs. Gmail (mashable.com)
- Hotmail Turns to Outlook.com (newtechworld.net)
- Microsoft replaces Hotmail with Outlook; spells the death of Sabeer Bhatia’s … – Economic Times (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
- Microsoft has a cool new Outlook (thehindu.com)
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