Microsoft’s wasting no time to taking advantage of Yahoo’s mail woes today.
The software giant has started offering free Hotmail+ accounts to Yahoo mail users who switch to Hotmail today. “First 1k #ymail users to firstname.lastname@example.org and send feedback today get HM+ free for 1yr. SwitchToHotmail.com,” reads a tweet from the official Hotmail account:
Yahoo Mail users are currently experiencing issues accessing their mailbox’s after the company confirmed its mail service is inaccessible to some users. “We are working to correct the issue and restore all functionality immediately,” said a Yahoo spokesperson. The timing of the outage comes just over a week after Microsoft created its own switchtohotmail.com site. The site is designed to convince users to switch from Yahoo Mail to Hotmail. According to the website around 22.6 million people have signed up for Hotmail since its September 2010 redesign. Microsoft lists 5 top reasons why the new Hotmail is “better than” Yahoo! Mail:
- Helps protect you from hackers in more ways than Yahoo
- Easier to sweep out Junk Mail
- Up to 50% fewer ads than Yahoo
- View and edit Office docs right inside your Inbox
- Share 400x the amount of photos and files in one email
Microsoft’s offer of free Hotmail Plus accounts to those who switch today is limited to the first 1,000 users who provide feedback. Hotmail’s Plus service provides users with 10GB of storage that automatically grows, no account expirations and no graphical ads.