Outlook.com: 400 million active accounts, 125 million mobile users

Microsoft's Outlook.com launched in July of 2012 and the service has been growing at an incredible rate since its introduction. The platform offers a compelling alternative to Gmail and Microsoft is continuously adding new features to the platform including the ability to make Skype calls.

In a post on the Outlook.com blog, the team states that they have over 400 million active accounts and that 125 million of them are accessing the service from a mobile device. In addition to touting the new features, the team is adding two new features today: SMTP send, so it's easier to send mail from different email addresses, and deeper integration with SkyDrive.

It's important to note that Microsoft is saying that they have 400 million active accounts, which indicates that they likely have far more accounts registered but are currently inactive. We do wonder what Microsoft's definition of 'active' is, as it is unknown at this point how they compiled the 400 million numbers.

In addition to the new features, Microsoft had to upgrade all of the Hotmail users to the Outlook.com platform which consisted of moving 150 petabytes of information. This significant transition occurred in only six weeks and was all done without any downtime.

Look for Microsoft to make more improvements in the future to Outlook.com as the team works to stay ahead of the trends and solidify its place at the top of the email podium. 

Source: Outlook.com Blog

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FINALLY they've got rid of the "on behalf of" or "via outlook.com" text when you send an email from another email address that you've setup with Outlook.com.

That was the last thing i wanted. Now i'll never have to use Gmail again as Outlook is just better in every way.

Mine never did that, but I remember you mentioning that before. Did you have some weird setup going on?

I'm just glad they finally updated the calendar. It's great now.

I switched just for the exchange-to-android capabilities. Forwarded all accounts (and gmail) to outlook, and even used domains.live.com to set up a free work outlook-based service. I feel like I jumped on the bandwagon in a big way, but haven't regretted it, period.

I ditched Google Apps for hosted Exchange after the whole Google/Microsoft EAS support kerfuffle. Can't beat ActiveSync for keeping everything synchronized across my Windows 7/8 and Android devices... simply.

I have an account. Only logged in to it a couple of times tho and dont use it. Just wanted to reserve my email address.

The Problem with the GMail is even on my Nexus Tablet using Official GMail App I cannot delete Emails completely (Select All Is not available but Even there is no Select Remove) it goes to Bin Folder which I cannon Remove From There. It stays, you can either mark it read or unread or move it back to inbox. Its So frustrating. On the Other hand Emails on My Outlook in My WP is clean and easily configurable.

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