Currently boasting over 300 Million Hotmail users, the way Hotmail has transformed throughout the years from its outset is truly amazing. Actually, it just started as a nascent idea and later became a huge email site. Thus this article is written to give you an insight about Hotmail evolution.
Hotmail is one of the first web based email services that went successful from its launch and was able to reach millions of users on Internet. The email services was so successful that Microsoft bought it in 1997 for an around $400 million and later launched as MSN Hotmail, and again re-branded to Windows Live Hotmail. The founder of Hotmail service was Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith. As said before Hotmail service was the first webmail services on the Internet. It was commercially launched on July 4, 1996. The founder says they made this service to symbolize to give user a freedom from ISP based email, and the ability to access a user’s inbox from anywhere in the world. The Hotmail name was coined based on hyper text markup language (Html) which is the primary language for creating web pages. At that time the limit for Hotmail free storage was 2 MB.
Actually, it was after being acquired by Microsoft the growth of MSN Hotmail flourished under Microsoft so well that the overall user base grew to over 30 Million users by early 1999. However, later in 2007 Microsoft rolled out the new and enhanced email system to all of its million users. This time they rebranded MSN hotmail as Windows Live Hotmail. Hotmail success was truly admirable however during the journey of success they also faced hardship. In the late 1999, hackers found that anybody could log into any Hotmail account using the password ‘eh’. This problem brought out the serious issues in the Hotmail service. However, Microsoft later fixed the problem and the Hotmail service was back to the operation.
Throughout the journey, Hotmail also have had stern competitors like Google, and Yahoo. Actually, Google generated their own email service as Gmail. Gmail featured greater storage space, and flexibility. Likewise, Yahoo Mail too in the way introduced upgraded versions of their email services which had a greater speed, security, and advanced features. Their upgraded version was successful to grab tens of thousands users to use their service. Nevertheless, Microsoft also brought up their updated version of their email service as MSN Hotmail, and later Windows Live Hotmail. Eventually, this upgrade has proven to be worthy and has brought millions of users to use the service.
Thus, I believe you get the major insight regarding the Hotmail evolution. All in all, the Hotmail email service is free and is worth using it.