Microsoft giving early adopters of Outlook.com extra SkyDrive storage and Skype credit

Outlook apperciation

Outlook.com is currently celebrating its first year of life. Back on July 31st in 2012 it launched in preview form and quickly won over the hearts of many. So many that now it claims over 400 million users. If you were among the first to try out Outlook.com when it launched you should check your inbox for some gifts from Microsoft to show appreciation.

Microsoft is giving out an extra 3 GB of SkyDrive storage for a year in addition to one month of Skype group video. It appears to be only for those who migrated to a proper Outlook.com address (not Live.com and Hotmal.com users). Not a bad little sign of appreciation for those who joined the early release of Outlook.com.

Go check your inboxes and enjoy!

Via: RevRYL

Thanks for the tip Denver


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Microsoft giving early adopters of Outlook.com extra SkyDrive storage and Skype credit


Of course the have it. But it's their work. Or do you ask to a manufacturer for a car for free just because they have it? For me, buying is a way to say 'thank you for working hard on it and offering it to us'.

...for me Microsoft should give that same extra storage to loyal costumers that migrated from Microsoft email accounts! They still loyal to Microsoft from begin! In my case I'm paying every year for extra space. Grrrrr....

If you are a loyal customer from way back you should have a free 25gb. Way more than they offer now and way more than this temporary 3gb offer. I have had a Hotmail for years and all you had to do to get the 25gb was to say you wanted it before they reduced the free amount. Hopefully you didn't miss out on this offer.

Wow, I hadn't really thought about it like that. I have had a Hotmail account since about middle school, So somewhere around the same time :) Not my first email account though that was a dial up Juno account....... Now that was a long time ago I feel really old for 30

I think it was 96 but I'm not really sure. Damn young whippersnapper lol. I graduated high school in 2001. So yeah my Hotmail account is almost as old as you:-)

I can't get to my email on Outlook.com ever since the change since the email service that hosts the email for the domain name of my live account associated with outlook.com is on office365.

I was hopeful, until i got to the "proper outlook.com" part. Ugh the horror! Well i guess my free 25GB is still waaaaaay above those who signed up early haha! 

Yeah, when Microsoft switched to only offer 7GB free instead of 25GB, you had to opt in to permanently unlock the free 25GB. If you didn't, sorry, out of luck. :/

I don't see it either.. I don't use my Outlook inbox much, but I've had it since July 31st, 2012.. So, I was one of the earliest adopters! Wondering why I don't see this email.. Maybe it hasn't finished going out to everyone, or they monitored the usage of the Outlook.com email address...

No sam i just got a mail from microsoft with the 3gb skydrive and skype video call... and i use a hotmail address... i guess its not limited to .outlook address...

Well it shouldn't be limited, since early Windows Phone adopters couldn't had renamed their primary MS Account alias, as that would have forced us to reset our phones.

Anywho, no biggy, we already got used to being screwed.

The thing is: Outlook.com is a really good service, and switching from the Hotmail UI to the Outllok.com UI was a pleasant experience. After all, it was only a Hotmail facelift. And I still call it Hotmail to avoid confusion with the Office/Exchange email client. It really wasn't any big deal to switch to the new UI.
It's adopting cumbersome products like WP7, WP8 and W8 that is worth appreciation. And we aren't getting any.

Got it earlier in the day, nice little contribution to users. For those wondering It's not whether or not you had an outlook.com email address, it's if you switched using live.com / outlook desktop / others ( I'm using my hotmail account) to outlook.com also it's an Irish account so it's not US only. 

Oh man, I was among the first to use Outlook.com but through my hotmail.co.uk account.. Only migrated to @outlook.com a few months back. :/

Giving storage for a limited amount of time is useless in my opinion.  And 3GB?  It would be better that they didn't give it at all, honestly.  Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they gave out the initial 7 and 25GB to begin with, but this loaning out of 3GB for a year is for what purpose exactly?

How can I change from hotmail to outlook when my email is the username of so many services? This has always been my concern.

It would change your main Microsoft account and any sign in that requires an official Microsoft Account (Windows Phone, Xbox, Skype, etc) will take your new email. For other services, such as a bank account or facebook sign in, those will still use your original email and when they email you, it will go into (your choice of) the main inbox or a new folder.

I switched to outlook.com from hotmail on Aug.7th last year. But I didn't get any such email. Is this a US only offer?

Nothing here in Spain, even with the account in english since 2000 & changed the Live ID to Outlook just after the announcement.

Whoo hoo! Skype video can't wait to use that on my WP8 phone...wait, what do you mean no Skype video on WP?

Tell me about it.... I got,my man one when I installed Win 95 and,it,was Microsoft network or something like that.

Nothing but issues from the start. I have a samsung Galaxy ace 3. I want to send a message using my other alias and can't on mobile office version and the web page loads all bunched up in desktop mode. I was able to use desktop mode on hotmail it didnt bunch up. I want that format back.

Bah! They can keep their 3gigs, I'd rather take my "early adopter" Outlook address and be able to alias my Hotmail address with it. I'd like to log into XBox and tie my phone to just my Outlook account, but nope, everything is tied to my hotmail account.

I already have more storage space than I know what to do with, with the grandfathered amount and an Office Home Premium subscription. If they want to give me an extra 3GB that's cool and all but I'll never need it.

Still didn't get it. Hope I will since I was an outlook.com user on the day it was released one year ago and converted my live.com email right away! :D

Nice for the early adopters but I'll wait until later when the next phase comes. We'll probably all get that incentive after a while. I suspect Microsoft wants all of this consolidated under the Outlook banner.

This is great. Since I have
4 Outlook accounts including a main account I just redeemed all the codes under 1 account so I get the bonus storage until 8/12/2017 Yea baby and 4 months of Skype premium.

I can't migrate my hotmail.com to Outlook.com and I have a Windows Phone and I don't want to reset it. Anyway, I paid for extra 100GB.

I haven't received the invitation yet. But I guess I will pass it anyways, if it's just for 1 year only. 

Temporary increases are useless. They're just a way to get you hooked onto more storage in an attempt to get you to pay for more once it's up. No thanks.
Glad I got in on the 25GB before they reduced it. 

Nothing for me yet in the UK - hopefully it'll arrive in my inbox soon, as I signed up on day one as well! :)

I did not get the "temp" increase earlier... but now things have taken a turn for the worse at Outlook.com!

Sorry, there seems to be a problem with Outlook right now


We're having a problem accessing email. You might not be able to see all your email messages. Aug 14 9:49 AM


I didn't move on to outlook.com. They kept changing the domain names, stupid MFers at Msft. Another reason Steve Ballmer should really resign.