Outlook.com turns a year old - will give away prizes today to celebrate the occasion

Microsoft purchased its first email service, Hotmail, almost seventeen years ago from founders Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith. After a $400 million, exchange and effort to move the service from a Linux based operating system to Windows 2000 – MSN Hotmail, as we knew it was born.

Now in the year 2014, a year after Outlook.com took over the reins and stepped down from its “preview” state to replace MSN Hotmail – Microsoft is ready to celebrate and look back at what the product has brought to consumers around the globe. Moreover, do not have any doubts, Microsoft considers Outlook.com as “the best email choice for people around the world” and the service’s 420 million active users helps to support that claim.

The beta version of Microsoft’s Outlook web email service was introduced on July 21, 2012 and was made available to anyone who wished to take part. In February of 2013, the product was officially crowned as ready and left the status of “public beta” behind.

Microsoft not only launched the service, but also played a large part in getting their existing Hotmail users to move to the newly redesigned Outlook.com. As of April 3, 2013, Hotmail users atomically received an Outlook.com alias and had their accounts shifted; users were still able to receive mail at Live.com and Hotmail.com, but their default account alias become associated with Outlook.com.

According to Shwetha Nagaraj, a Program Manager on Outlook.com, customer studies are always being performed to enhance the web mail experience. The Principal Program Manger Lead for Outlook.com, David Dennis, even outlined a story when the service first launched – customers wanted more colors within the web’s interface and the team quickly responded with a “whole new color palette”.

In addition, who says that the Outlook.com team is not fun? Almost six months ago, the team decided to announce one of their major changes, the addition of IMAP, in a Reddit AMA.

If you are a big fan of Microsoft’s Outlook.com, make sure to wish them Happy Birthday on Twitter with the hashtag, “#OutlookTurnsOne”, and you might be in for a surprise. The team states that they will be “randomly selecting participants throughout the day to receive Outlook.com celebration packages.”

Are you an Outlook.com user – how are you enjoying the experience?

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  • Happy birthday :)
  • Happy outlook.com
  • after 1 year, still can not delete chat message from outlook...
  • Happy Birthday Outlook! #OutlookTurnsOne
  • Happy Birthday Outlook! :D
  • 17 years..... Dang
  • Happy birthday Outlook! :)
  • Outlook is my primary ID now. Once you decide to replace your email, its not too difficult. Just go and update it to your most frquent contacts - took me a month max. I was tired of Google taking Gmail users for granted - no apps on WP or Win8 and they even did their best to block. I want an email provider who supports me on whatever platform I choose and not try to tie me down to its services. Outlook is the one.
  • +1020
  • +920 Outlook all the way baby!
  • outlook.com is the best email experience i have ever used online - i wouldn't consider another option
  • Wonderful
  • Happy birthday :)
  • Outlook is a good THOT.
  • I happened to be one of the lucky winners. :) Once the swag comes in, I'll post it to my Twitter account for all to see - @z_williamson
  • Or are you just trolling for followers?
  • Affirmative.
  • Someone from the team favorited your tweet, right? Or do they DM you?
  • Great service to boot! I am really loving the one direction
  • Did you say one direction on purpose?
  • one direction as in one drive, Xbox one... Not that stupid group that I personally know nothing about... I am buying into the the One Direction that Microsoft is introducing implementing.
  • Excellent choice. It just felt weird in my brains.
  • Lol, well when you responded, I saw what you initially saw... Ahhh, no.. Not what I meant, lol!
  • Wow. 17 years. lol My Hotmail address is 15 years old...
  • Moved from gmail to outlook and very pleased I did, will be moving from android to wp when 8.1 is out :) then I'll have my Xbox one, venue 8 pro tablet, windows touchscreen laptop and windows phone. Everything works so I don't mind having it in one place tbh. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Probably be another 25g freebie that no shows lol
  • Still on 7gb free... Been using outlook from day one, but nothing about any additional storage.
    Had 25gb before outlook, but that suddenly vanished.
  • Yep. Same here
  • There was a period where you could go in and tell them you wanted to keep the 25GB for life. If you didn't click that then you would drop down to 7GB.
  • Did that, luckily i have googledrive that's bigger
  • Did that back then, but didn't help... Still on 7gb
    Well, guess I'm in the wrong country for MS to care :P
  • MTE, notning came to me about additional storage so this new 3GB is very since, especially because I use it whit my L920
  • I hate that the modern email app wont sync with my POP accounts.. Stupid..
  • Hello time traveller, welcome to 2014.
  • Lol❕❕❕... It's because Globat, my website provider, uses pop.. I'll contact support for other options...
  • The pope is pooping on your POP Rod :P
  • LOL❕❕❕
  • Come on Rodney, you're better than that. I have my domains hosted at 1&1, but the MX records (email) pointed to live.com through their Custom Domains program. It's free and you can create as many custom emails as you wish, they work as regular Outlook accounts, with their own Skydrive account and all.
  • I'm stupid Θ_Θ
  • I'm doing the same with the domain for my blog hosted on WordPress.com. It was easy to setup.
  • For me yahoo is primary email service I make gmail & hotmail id for those other service eg. Gtalk, Skydrive, Youtube, Skype etc
    But still I wish Outlook.com Happy Birthday
  • I like it a ton. I really do. A very simple and streamlined experience. Like it, but I kinda miss Hotmail. I thought Hotmail just had more personality.
  • Can we get a decent Outlook app for Windows Phone now? I mean, come on! As much as I enjoy the entire live tile experience, I need a friggin' e-mail app that has all the features, push notifications, and everything.
  • Agreed
  • Happy Birthday Outlook.  Wouldn't use anything else.
  • Outlook.com - So many people I have told about it, so many more I will tell over the next year.. Nonetheless, happy birthday to all of us!
  • One year since I switched permanently. Never will use Gmail ever again!
  • happy b-day, im slowly switching away from gmail :)
  • Why do people plus things. This isn't google+! Anyway +8X
  • Congrats. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Started with Yahoo Mail back in 1997 and have used that for many years as my main provider.  Got in the Gmail beta early on and sorta used that as a secondary account for some time, but never ended up making my primary email account.  Later when I got involved with WP in 2010, I started switching over to all MS services to leverage the benefits of that platform and made a live.com address which became and is still my primary account to date.  Outlook.com is most definitely the best web mail client/system I have ever used and it just keeps getting better as time goes on.  Great things ahead with Outlook/OneDrive/Windows (Phone)/Office/Xbox and more...
  • Proud user since November 23rd, 1996. :)
  • I just tweeted ! Maybe I'll win something but, I never do so...
  • Well, I don't use twitter... happy birthday anyway :)
  • I replaced all my Gmail accounts with outlook.com. #ByeByeGoogle
  • Y! was my first mail. It got awfull and recently it got good again. New interface, more snappy, more visual pleaseant and HTMLish (I like this word). Then Y! started getting slow again and I get a lot of errors. I tried Gmail. The whole UI looks cluttered to me. Either it's too minimal or too barbaric looking. Then I found Outlook. I think I'll make it my default mail ^_^. Yep. Outlook so far looks to be the best mail service out there.
  • I don't understand why Microsoft is promoting Twiter?  I don't have account and I don't want to create one. I have Outlook.com account, I created it 18 months ago. A little strange if Out;ook.com is 12 months old. Maybe Microsoft employees should work more, and use competition services less.
  • Wow ur an idiot. Did you even read the article? Its was taken out of preview/beta status in Feb 2013. Hence the 1 year.
    And what is MS exactly promoting twitter? They want you to tweet on their account so you could win something.
  • Outlook.com the number One place to be
  • Why, O why, is there no dedicated Outlook app on WP8... There's an Android Outlook app, but not a Windows Phone app..? It makes no sense...
  • Outlook is integrated in the system. Better than any possible app.
  • +Outlook :D
  • So according to this article, if I were to send an email to my Live.com address and replace "live" with "outlook" I would still receive it?    
  • No...it isn't true. I have a live.com address and I cannot have the same name @outlook.com because someone else has already taken it.
  • The best e-mail and calendar service ever. //Outlook.com user from Sweden
  • I created my Hotmail account on day 1, same with Outlook.com.
    Best web client ever.
    Happy Birthday !!
  • Had an Outlook.com alias and would love to use it on my WP but there is no app. Hello!!
  • Just add a new account using your alias details. You can then send and receive via the alias email address
  • happy birthday outlook
  • Unfortunately, Hotmail was better. Every forwarded e-mail to Outlook.com is marked as "Be careful! This sender has failed our fraud detection checks." And this issue is there since the introduction of Outlook.com and no one gives a damn about it at Microsoft. Mails flaged like this are not pushed to mobile phone or win8 mail app. They can only be seen in web mail. This mail is usless to me unfortunately. And i am a big MS fan. They could/should done it better. Hotmail didn't have this problem.
  • True
  • Happy Birthday, but I have a question:
    Suppose that I have two accounts "A" and "B".  Is there a way to log in to "b" without log out from "a" any times through outlook.com?
    P.s. without using redirects.
    thank you!!
  • There was a way to link accounts and do that but not anymore they took it away
  • Too bad, over this aspect Google wins: from the same page you can switch accounts.
    I hope Microsoft  realizes that but for the rest there isn't comparison!
  • I like the service, though i have a few issues.
    1. I cannot always select the alias address from which I would like to send a particular email. It often defaults to my main account address (only multiple page refreshes sort that)
    2. Many emails get flagged as fraud - even when they are in my address book! Stupid.
    3. Outlook.com doesn't open on my Kindle 3G. When I am travelling, I have to forward all emails to my legacy Yahoo account which does open on my Kindle browser.
    So yes...MS, stop patting yourself on the back. Get things sorted please :)
  • I'm a little bit peeved that when i switched from hotmail to outlook any emails being sent to my hotmail address don't show up in my outlook inbox,rather some hotmail.com subfolder, bit messy and MS didn't communicate this very well.
  • Indeed, Happy Birth, Outlook.com !!!
  • Wish the categories could be viewed in Windows Phone email client.
  • Happy Birthday Outlook :)
  • Happy b'day outlook
  • Happy appy ppy py y ;D
  • Awesome service, awesome integration. Its more than just an email, its an SSO (single sign on) across your Windows world.
    Love the security, love the kids safety monitoring, love everything about it. I trust it implicitly. Makes me shudder to think people might do the same with Google.
    Love Windows? Be proud and show it by making your Outlook your primary email!
    Next step has got to be rich presence and integrated messaging. Please MS!
  • Outlook/hotmail is awesome! Its blocking and spam filter blow everything else out of the water!