Microsoft: Over 1.5 million more Outlook.com users added today

On Tuesday morning Microsoft took off the "preview" label of its Outlook.com email service, declaring it to be officially out of the beta testing stage. At the time, Microsoft said that it had already had 60 million users register for the service during the preview period.

The official launch of Outlook.com seems to have caused a large spurt of new signups for the service. In a new Twitter message today, Microsoft said:

 

The message was part of a Twitter chat with members of the Outlook.com team to the general public earlier today. The chat confirmed that Microsoft is still working on a Calendar feature for the service that will "match the design and experience of the Outlook.com inbox" but no launch date for the Calendar feature was revealed.

As we reported last night, people who want to keep their Hotmail.com email addresses will be able to do so but Microsoft will be moving all of Hotmail.com's users to the new Outlook.com interface over the next several months.

Source: Outlook on Twitter

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I signed up for one of those Outlook accounts just to check out the hype, and find nothing special about it.

I take that back. At least it's NOT Hotmail! That right there, makes it some what special!

Let's see, no IMAP, and EAS support only on their 2013 product, with add-ons required for even 2010 and below, and no EAS support on other platforms?

Kiss my a$$ MS

What are you on about? EAS works on iOS, WP7, WM6, BB, Android and now Outlook 2013.

The reason EAS doesn't work on any other version of Outlook is because OUTLOOK HAS NEVER SUPPORTED EAS UNTIL RECENTLY. When you use Outlook 2010 you're using MS delta sync, not EAS. That's the way it has always been and supporting it in 2010 will require a significant addition to code. Why bother doing that when a simple addon works just fine and takes all of 2 seconds to download?

EAS was always considered a mobile only technology. On desktops you'd use the Exchange protocol not EAS, but outlook and hotmail don't support Exchange so they use Delta sync. The reason they don't support it is fairly obvious; if MS supported it then there would be no point for corporations to purchase an expensive Exchange server license they'd just use hotmail.

Please dont talk about Outlook still going to Hotmail / Windows Live calendar - its half assed just like Metro, WinPhone, RT, everything but we spend a lot on advertising - have you seen our advertising?

Thanks
The Ballmer

Please dont talk about Outlook still going to Hotmail / Windows Live calendar - its half assed just like Metro, WinPhone, RT, everything but we spend a lot on advertising - have you seen our advertising?

Thanks
The Ballmer


Or maybe it's because until today Outlook was considered a preview. Do you know what that means? Oh it means not everything will work or look like what you want it to.

In 2011, MS spent $500 million on marketing over the entire range of their products. They made over $70 billion in that time. So they don't even spend 1% of their revenue on marketing, not really a lot.

Well truth be told calendars are always tough web apps to built. Email inbox, contact (people) apps and even sky drive style apps are much easier to build and style. Calendars on the other hand are a different story. I'm sure they'll get it updated soon now that Outlook.com isn't in preview anymore...

Obviously those 1.5 Million people don't know that IMAP support doesn't exist or they wouldn't have dreamed of signing up.

Or maybe they just don't like in the 1990's and use a very dated technology which the vast majority of people don't care about.

MrHumpty said,
Obviously those 1.5 Million people don't know that IMAP support doesn't exist or they wouldn't have dreamed of signing up.

IMAP barely matters to consumers.

MrHumpty said,
Obviously those 1.5 Million people don't know that IMAP support doesn't exist or they wouldn't have dreamed of signing up.

eas makes imap support redundant.... eas does more, does it more efficiently and is supported by pretty much everything.

Why on earth would anyone care about IMAP if most current devices can connect to EAS just fine (hell even WP6 can and that's not considered current anymore by any means). I can personally care less about IMAP if there is a much better alternative available. Only people who might suffer are older Office users (2010 and earlier) whose Outlook desktop client doesn't have EAS support built-in but I imagine this isn't a huge percentage of users for MS. Outlook is mostly designed for use with Exchange (although I have both my Outlook.com, Gmail and Exchange inboxes happily living together inside my Outlook 2013 client)...

I love all these responses. I could care less about IMAP. It's still an unfinished RFC but this is the only argument google nuts can think of to keep from switching.

Anyway, I left off /s just for these chuckles... thx buds.

GP007 said,
Nice jump in one day.

Consider the source and beware of big round numbers. Always. Hype train. Just like "60 million Windows 8 licenses" was total bull$hit and included channel stuffing

Darrah Ford said,

Consider the source and beware of big round numbers. Always. Hype train. Just like "60 million Windows 8 licenses" was total bull$hit and included channel stuffing

You can't "channel stuff" a web service unless you want to pull a google+.

Consider the source and beware of big round numbers

Big round numbers? People have always rounded up / down numbers, because it sounds better.

1 million sounds a lot better than 1,093,210, for example.

Hype train. Just like "60 million Windows 8 licenses" was total bull$hit and included channel stuffing

Got proof that it was bull****? Oh wait you don't.

Quit trolling any post that has anything to do with Microsoft.

Great, I've been using this since I got Office 2013. Now if they could just update the calendar and automatically get me to the chopper when I log out.

They said before that they're working on Calender, but it will take longer to update as it involves more work than something like the People page.