Outlook.com gets 1 million users in first six hours

Microsoft's launch of its new Outlook.com web email service earlier on Tuesday seems to have generated a ton of interest in its short public life. The new Metro-themed site managed to get one million people to sign up for the preview version of Outlook.com in just its first six hours.

Microsoft posted up the news on its Outlook Twitter page on Tuesday evening, along with a chart that shows the number of sign ups (1,004,763, to be exact). Keep in mind that Microsoft launched what they called a "preview version" of the new email service on Tuesday. Some of the promised features, such as the integrated Skype video chat support, have yet to be implemented.

The numbers for Outlook.com are certainly impressive, especially if you compare them to Aol Mail, which has been online in one form or another for, well, a long time. AoL recently announced a revamp of its free email service, and also admitted it currently has just 24 million users.

As we have reported a few times already in the past several weeks, Google has claimed that its Gmail service now has 425 million users. Comscore claims that Microsoft's Hotmail is still first in terms of users with 325 million unique visitors. Yahoo's email service comes in second with 298 million users, and, at least according to Comscore, Gmail is still in third place with 289 million users.

Via: The Next Web

Source: Microsoft Outlook.com Twitter page | Image via Microsoft

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How do i convert my hotmail account over to outlook? Also what happens to Windows Live Messenger if one convert?

Nitrius said,
How do i convert my hotmail account over to outlook? Also what happens to Windows Live Messenger if one convert?

Also can one convert the whole mail address or will you still get stuck with what you already have in-front of the @? like if one have abc@hotmail.com can one convert this too cba@outlook.com? Or will it only work with abc@outlook.com?

Nitrius said,

Also can one convert the whole mail address or will you still get stuck with what you already have in-front of the @? like if one have abc@hotmail.com can one convert this too cba@outlook.com? Or will it only work with abc@outlook.com?

You can either "rename" your email as they call it or you can create aliases using @live.com, @hotmail.com or @outlook.com. I kept my @live.com but just created a couple of @outlook.com aliases. Once you create an alias, it then allows you to send from it when writing emails.

Anyone know the pop settings etc to enable another email program to check messages from a new outlook.com email?

I checked everywhere, and the only options I see were to forward to another account and the opposite to let 'it' check other emails, nothing about other programs accessing it.

Is there any way to stop it signing me into messenger when I log in? I use Digsby for MSN chat and I get logged out of it every time I go to outlook.com.

You should probably stop using Digsby... also, you can go into the other services (like SkyDrive) and use the old menu to sign out of Messenger.

I was using live without any issue but whilst logged in I decided to have a look at the outlook.com website to see what it was all about. My account got converted there and then without notification. The good news is that as I haven't chosen a new outlook.com email address I still have my 25GB Skydrive storage limit. The bad news is they have hidden a few things that I wouldn't call only for power users e.g. it took me ages to find out where my calendar and contacts went.

It is VERY well hidden.

Go to the top blue menu bar and hover over the left of the word "Outlook" which can be found in the top left corner next to the new Windows logo.

An arrow will appear and under there you will find Mail People Calendar and Skydrive.

1. Why would they hide People and Calendar it's a communication tool and easy access to people should be considered key.
2. Why do all the menu items in the top blue bar have selection arrows next to them EXCEPT "Outlook" which is in CAPS

Very few people will know that "OUTLOOK" is anything other than the title rather than a MENU !!!!! That is just very poor UI

Also when you switch to calendar or Skydrive this still uses the old UI which makes the whole experience look very disconnected and poorly crafted. I realise this is a beta but c'mon folks so notification that this was coming ? Some FAQ's and release of information over the weeks BEFORE releasing!????

Everything else looks nice in my opinion.

As said earlier, do not switch to a new outlook.com. address if you use Windows Phone 7 as it disables key messaging capabilities !!! Another warning that MS doesn't seem to have made obvious. Lets see the help desk calls roll in, never mind the users who may get switched without wanting to.

If you want to convert back choose the cog in the right hand top menu bar and choose "Switch back to Hotmail"

... and I switched back to Hotmail within five minutes.

Some complaints:
- Fonts are way to big. Users can't change font sizes. Outlook.com should have the same customization options as Gmail does in regards to fonts.
- Metro is too plain. Uninspiring. Bland.
- Fonts and colors (or Metro in general) looks slightly different across IE and Firefox. Have not tried Chrome.

How many of these one-million-plus users are actually satisfied with the change? I am disappointed. I hate the Metro design language - full stop. It makes me want to stay away from Window 8, Windows Phone 7 and 8, Office 2013, and Outlook.com.

And this is coming from a user of Microsoft hardware and software for over 20 years.

I just cant seem to upgrade on my account. Tried at home PC, home laptop, work PC and phone. Everytime I goto outlook.com logon with my details I get auto directed too my hotmail.com inbox

meh i dont see what the fuss is about
although it does look a bit cleaner and simplified.
and its nice too see some font sizes on the web that i can see..

by the way i took the almost ALL the emails..
there is only a couple left so you guys better hurry up !

love it, clean, fast, fluid, to the point and clutter free! And as I think a lot of people are forgetting, this is a preview version of outlook.com!!

Cant wait for this to hit skydrive/calendar along with new versions of sharepoint and exchange and the CRM 2011 Q4 (visual upgrade) rollup - cant get enough of metro, MS really are picking up their game here!!

duddit2 said,
love it, clean, fast, fluid, to the point and clutter free! And as I think a lot of people are forgetting, this is a preview version of outlook.com!!

Cant wait for this to hit skydrive/calendar along with new versions of sharepoint and exchange and the CRM 2011 Q4 (visual upgrade) rollup - cant get enough of metro, MS really are picking up their game here!!

same! altho the picked colors sometimes are godawfull (purplish pink for messenger in win8 )
but the setup of metro is great easy, simple to the eye, easy to learn, clean and its been a while since i actively use the start menu more (rare ocasion i even open it on Win7 and below)

Brian Miller said,
Probably because people want to reserve their names.

Its the first thing I did yes. Failed as people beat me to it. I managed to get a half decent one though.

Very nice but the guy on the login screen looks like a pedophile.
Why do i hv to see his face every time i wanna login?

Shadowzz said,
does not seem to work for accounts on live domains, logging into outlook.com just redirects me back to the old hotmail/live. to bad

I have my own domain hosted on live for domains and can confirm the outlook.com interface works fine. Just go into your settings and find the upgrade option (although I just went to outlook.com when I was signed in and was automatically upgraded).

duddit2 said,

I have my own domain hosted on live for domains and can confirm the outlook.com interface works fine. Just go into your settings and find the upgrade option (although I just went to outlook.com when I was signed in and was automatically upgraded).


hmm i was logged in to my live domains main account, went to outlook.com, nothing
did it again, went to outlook.com, logged in. got redirected back to hotmail.com
went through options, no upgrade.
this isnt US only right?

edit: went to microsoft account panel, found email upgrade, i get

The email address associated with your Microsoft account can't be changed

I registered an account/reserved an account. Hopefully they will be releasing phone apps. I am sure WP will have one, but hopefully iOS and Android to.

MDboyz said,
DO NOT RENAME YOUR LIVE/HOTMAIL TO OUTLOOK.COM YET IF YOU ARE WP7 PHONE USERS.

I guess the warning message on the rename page for WP7 users didn't register?

If you already have live or hotmail and want the outlook, just create an allias to outlook.com. There is no need to create new account.

Only annoying part is we have to enter @outllook.com at the end of the user id on the sign on screen . Apart from this, Outlook.com is simply beautiful

Really nice UI. I even like the conversation view.

They may actually drag me away from gmail, which is honestly looking kind of cluttered and haphazard, all of a sudden.

Actually, Hotmail is one of Microsoft's really good services. I don't mind the Metro layout but this new Outlook.com appears to be "simplified". Missing some settings from Hotmail's "More options" and "Profile options".

xpclient said,
Actually, Hotmail is one of Microsoft's really good services. I don't mind the Metro layout but this new Outlook.com appears to be "simplified". Missing some settings from Hotmail's "More options" and "Profile options".

No, Outlook has them all, nothing removed
Click on that gear next to your name(upper right), profile setting is there.
Click on your name(upper right), account setting is there.

cork1958 said,
Just created an account myself!!

Can't ever have enough garbage e-mail accounts!!

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You didn't need to go and soil the new outlook with a junk account ya'know ;p Just as easy to create a junk email in gmail or yahoo...and probably more fitting.

It did the switch without even asking me, kind of obvious they 'already have 1 million users'...
Had they not put the "Go back to hotmail" button hidden under a menu, then maybe this would've been more meaningful.

And am I one of the few getting sick and tired of this whole Metro thing? I've always liked what Microsoft has produced for the most part but now it's really going a little off track for me and I honestly hope they get back on it in the coming years. Sure they want it minimalistic and easy to use but this is really getting too crazy for words imo...

And what is up with hiding everything in (hidden) menu's while there's plenty of space, prime example: http://i.imgur.com/qInia.png
Same for the Actions menu ( http://i.imgur.com/b00kn.png ) or how it took me 10 minutes to figure out how to switch to other 'apps' (Calendar, Skydrive, ...) which is hidden in a menu that only gets indicated when you actually hover over the logo in the top left ( http://i.imgur.com/MYbIy.png ).

On top of all that, I can only imagine the confusion this is going to create with everyday customers (Outlook in the Office Suite <> This 'online' Outlook).

I fail to see how Metro is supposed be progress. Maybe according to Microsoft Aero 'got old' (which to me it still hasn't) but after almost a year of Metro, I feel like I wanna get off at the next station already...

Carl2 said,
It did the switch without even asking me, kind of obvious they 'already have 1 million users'...
Had they not put the "Go back to hotmail" button hidden under a menu, then maybe this would've been more meaningful.

And am I one of the few getting sick and tired of this whole Metro thing? I've always liked what Microsoft has produced for the most part but now it's really going a little off track for me and I honestly hope they get back on it in the coming years. Sure they want it minimalistic and easy to use but this is really getting too crazy for words imo...

And what is up with hiding everything in (hidden) menu's while there's plenty of space, prime example: http://i.imgur.com/qInia.png
Same for the Actions menu ( http://i.imgur.com/b00kn.png ) or how it took me 10 minutes to figure out how to switch to other 'apps' (Calendar, Skydrive, ...) which is hidden in a menu that only gets indicated when you actually hover over the logo in the top left ( http://i.imgur.com/MYbIy.png ).

On top of all that, I can only imagine the confusion this is going to create with everyday customers (Outlook in the Office Suite <> This 'online' Outlook).

I fail to see how Metro is supposed be progress. Maybe according to Microsoft Aero 'got old' (which to me it still hasn't) but after almost a year of Metro, I feel like I wanna get off at the next station already...

I could be wrong but I believe the approach is because more options means more clutter, more clutter means more confusion for average users which means less efficiency and less productivity.

By hiding the less frequently used options whilst an annoyance for 'power users' actually helps the vast majority of average users stay focused and on point with what they are doing.

Personally though I would have provided an option throughout metro to have a more 'power user' friendly option, particularly for those rocking high resolution displays.

SMELTN said,
Ok if I have a @live.com how do I convert it to get a @outlook.com name instead ?

#1 - Log in. with your @live.com credentials.
#2 - Go to the 'cog wheel' in the upper-right & choose 'More mail settings'.
#3 - In the first set of options on the left, choose 'Rename your email address'
#4 - In the first box, put the name of your @live.com address & then click 'Save'.

w2sjw said,

#1 - Log in. with your @live.com credentials.
#2 - Go to the 'cog wheel' in the upper-right & choose 'More mail settings'.
#3 - In the first set of options on the left, choose 'Rename your email address'
#4 - In the first box, put the name of your @live.com address & then click 'Save'.


"You can't use @outlook address in your Microsoft account email address,"

grayscale said,

"You can't use @outlook address in your Microsoft account email address,"

Just make an alias, an outlook.com alias. It's in the same settings screen the "cog" takes you to ... "create an alias" or something. I kept my live account (since it is synced with the OS and Phone) but added the alias. The method described by w2sjw will break the relationship with your WP7 / Win8 devices

georgevella said,

Just make an alias, an outlook.com alias. It's in the same settings screen the "cog" takes you to ... "create an alias" or something. I kept my live account (since it is synced with the OS and Phone) but added the alias. The method described by w2sjw will break the relationship with your WP7 / Win8 devices

Oh, I see now. Thanks!

MrHumpty said,
But 3 million people downloaded lion in 4 days.

At the current rate Outlook will surpass that figure in a single day, though comparing a free email service to a paid Mac OS update doesn't make any sense at all.

I did it, it has a nice clean look to it and so I like it. Hopefully can change the rest of the color besides just the top bar because the white is a bit overwhelming.

Grab an account with your name now!! The @outlook.com looks professional, a lot better then @hotmail.com or @gmail.com !!!

ingramator said,
Grab an account with your name now!! The @outlook.com looks professional, a lot better then @hotmail.com or @gmail.com !!!

I don't know, I really like @live.com, and it's shorter. I'm still going to grab an @outlook.com address, though.

ingramator said,
Grab an account with your name now!! The @outlook.com looks professional, a lot better then @hotmail.com or @gmail.com !!!

That's what I did. It's important to have a professional looking email address, especially when applying for jobs or networking. Using 'bieber_barbie69@gmail.com' is not a good way to be taken seriously.

ingramator said,
Grab an account with your name now!! The @outlook.com looks professional, a lot better then @hotmail.com or @gmail.com !!!

Or just buy your own domain... looks even more professional

ingramator said,
Grab an account with your name now!! The @outlook.com looks professional, a lot better then @hotmail.com or @gmail.com !!!

I prefer msn myself but yeah, I always hated the hotmail domain. (insert dating service joke here).

FMH said,
Six were mine!

Can't wait for the the mobile version.

I already got the mobile version. I go to outlook.com on my iPhone, it's a new interface.

ccoltmanm said,

I already got the mobile version. I go to outlook.com on my iPhone, it's a new interface.

Really? Can't get it on my side. It says that a mobile version of this site isn't available. Maybe I'll get it too after some time.

AWilliams87 said,
It switched me over automatically. Just saying...
Just saying... you have to choose to enter the preview. Again, just saying. Cause you know... if this were an automatic thing there'd be 300+ million others

MrHumpty said,
Just saying... you have to choose to enter the preview. Again, just saying. Cause you know... if this were an automatic thing there'd be 300+ million others

All you have to do is actually go to the site and it's upgrades you; if I'm not mistaken.

MrHumpty said,
Just saying... you have to choose to enter the preview. Again, just saying. Cause you know... if this were an automatic thing there'd be 300+ million others

Actually you don't. If you go to outlook.com and are signed in to your Microsoft Account anywhere (live account/passport, etc.) it will convert you without asking.

MorganX said,

Actually you don't. If you go to outlook.com and are signed in to your Microsoft Account anywhere (live account/passport, etc.) it will convert you without asking.

It's still not really automatic... it does require an action that an average user wouldn't do.

MrHumpty said,
Just saying... you have to choose to enter the preview. Again, just saying. Cause you know... if this were an automatic thing there'd be 300+ million others

I didn't do anything. I navigated to outlook.com, and was switched over. Hotmail stopped working. They never gave a prompt or anything.

AWilliams87 said,

I didn't do anything. I navigated to outlook.com, and was switched over. Hotmail stopped working. They never gave a prompt or anything.

Same thing happened to me.

AWilliams87 said,

I didn't do anything. I navigated to outlook.com, and was switched over. Hotmail stopped working. They never gave a prompt or anything.

Hotmail still works. You just have the 'metro' outlook.com interface.

If you want to go back to the old look of the current hotmail.com, you can click the settings cog at the top right, and chose the menu option 'Switch back to hotmail' your account will revert back to how it was.

MrHumpty said,
Just saying... you have to choose to enter the preview. Again, just saying. Cause you know... if this were an automatic thing there'd be 300+ million others

Switched me automatically too

Question: If you have a @hotmail.com with the 25 GB of Skydrive, do you lose the extra space if you upgrade to @outlook.com?

Avenger said,
Question: If you have a @hotmail.com with the 25 GB of Skydrive, do you lose the extra space if you upgrade to @outlook.com?

No mate, you won't, don't worry. It's just the mail part that'd change (until now)

PaCpiS said,

No mate, you won't, don't worry. It's just the mail part that'd change (until now)

Sweet. Thanks. Just checking

Avenger said,

Sweet. Thanks. Just checking

Just make sure you log in with your CURRENT address (like avenger@live.com or @hotmail.com ect). Logging in with your current account gives you the new layout, but is still your same account. New accounts created will be just that: new. They will have 7GB storage, and be empty. I recommend logging in and then grabbing yourself whatever @outlook aliases you want.

dtboos said,

Just make sure you log in with your CURRENT address (like avenger@live.com or @hotmail.com ect). Logging in with your current account gives you the new layout, but is still your same account. New accounts created will be just that: new. They will have 7GB storage, and be empty. I recommend logging in and then grabbing yourself whatever @outlook aliases you want.

Done. Kept the storage, and the WP7 functionality as well of course. Thanks.

Outlook.com is absolutely fantastic but this I probably conversions. MS nailed this one. Probably the next OWA UI.