Microsoft’s webmail service, Hotmail, turned 15 years old this week.
The service launched in July 1996 as just “HoTMaiL” and was the first web-based email service of its kind. The original capitilzation of HoTMaiL refers to HTML. Microsoft acquired the service in 1997 for around $400 million and rebranded it as MSN Hotmail. The company now refers to the service as just Hotmail after rebranding it in 2007 to Windows Live Hotmail.
Microsoft is celebrating the 15 years of Hotmail by highlighting 15 things you might not know about the service:
- Hotmail in 2011 is not Hotmail in 2005 (or Hotmail in 2010, for that matter.)
- Hotmail is really, really fast – 10-20x faster than last year, and even faster than Gmail in certain areas.
- Hotmail filters out more than 98% of spam – 5.5 billion messages a day
- Hotmail works great on your smartphone, (Windows Phone especially but iOS and many other smartphones too) – syncing email, calendar, and contacts.
- You can chat with your Facebook friends right from Hotmail
- Watch videos linked from YouTube, Hulu, and many other services right from within your email message.
- Like conversation view? We’ve got it. Hate it? It’s easy to disable
- You can import your current account and continue to use the address while Hotmail manages your inbox (Gmail, Y! Plus, AOL.)
- “Sweep” allows you to filter hundreds of messages from multiple senders withonly a few clicks
- Get unread email notifications on your Windows 7 taskbar by pinning with IE9.
- Why worry about low attachment limits when sending photos? SkyDrive support lets you send hundreds of photos per mail.
- Hotmail utilizes Office Web Apps for easy document editing and sharing – don’t settle for lesser software.
- Use Netflix? Hotmail ActiveViews let you get more done in your inbox with interactive email from a number of partners.
- We’re the largest free email service on the planet – with 360 million unique users per month.
- We’re 15 years old – and the best is yet to come.