Outlook.com hits 60 million users, drops preview tag

Microsoft's Outlook.com email service has been a massive hit for the company since its unveiling in July. Offering a much improved user interface, Outlook.com is Microsoft's premier email service and the company has announced that site now has 60 million active users.

In a phone conversation with David Law of Microsoft, he touted that they like to think of it as 0-60 million users in just over six months, cute. But on an honest note, the growth is incredible and Microsoft says that Outlook.com is the fastest growing email service on the market at this time.

Of those 60 million, Microsoft touts that a third are Gmail converts, over 12 million customers are using Sweep, Schedule cleanup, and similar tools to organize their inbox, and finally that over 25 million Outlook.com customers have embraced SkyDrive to share over half a billion photos and Office documents.

In addition to hitting this milestone, for those of you who forgot, Outlook.com has been in "preview mode." Starting today, Microsoft is dropping that tag and is also launching a new advertising campaign as well. 

If you were hoping that the dropping of the beta tag would mean that we will see the long awaited update to the calendar and Skype integration that was promised when the service launched, there is no update on that front. We asked David about both of these features and while they have nothing to share at this time, he did say that they are hard at work on these updates and that the features are still in the pipeline but offered no timeline for the launch.

Any way you slice it, hitting 60 million users in a bit over six months is a massive milestone for Microsoft and proves that their new interface is superior to the previous Hotmail interface. On the topic of Hotmail, David stated that they will begin making the interface transition for Hotmail users as well today. A quick reminder about the update, Microsoft will be updating the Hotmail user interface but you will not be losing your hotmail.com email address.

Currently, there are hundreds of millions of active Hotmail.com email adress that need to be upgraded. As such, Microsoft will begin upgrading those users to the new interface starting today, but the rollout will may take some time to reach all users. 

Want to try out Outlook.com? You can head on over to the link here to get started.

Source: Microsoft

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Wish they'd let you turn off the Web Messenger aspect. Signs me in every damn time AND makes me available, even if i've switched it to invisible. Bloody annoying.

One of the better services from Microsoft. I love the Mail+SkyDrive combo. It's fully functional herein my country. Unlike bing ,which for some reason is always lagging behind the US version. We don't even get search suggestions for instance

Depending on your country, you don't get search suggestions because some countries are full of people who know what they are looking for.

Can't it be integrated? For example, FB messages appear for me in outlook.com just fine, maybe it is possible with GTalk too.

The ability to sort my emails into neat and in-sync filters. I'm impatient to get away from the snooper Google. The Skydrive Integration alongside with the Windows 8 integration makes it that much better for me personally. YMMV

Love Outlook.com! I was hoping the new Calendar would get released along with it, but guess that's coming soon still.

I was hoping this too. But seriously, how does it come out of 'preview' when the Calendar is an unfinished product and frankly laughable in terms of look & feel?

i activated it just for the sake of activating it believe many have done the same. I use gamil most of the time and do they count me as gmail convert. how did they even get those numbers.. fishy... Outlook is still missing a lot of features. please do something ms

ahoncbt said,
i activated it just for the sake of activating it believe many have done the same. I use gamil most of the time and do they count me as gmail convert. how did they even get those numbers.. fishy... Outlook is still missing a lot of features. please do something ms

That's how Google+ has its gazillions of members too

worst spam filter

Wut?

ahoncbt said,
how did they even get those numbers.. fishy... Outlook is still missing a lot of features. please do something ms

It is because MS made sure that your transition from GMail to Outlook would be a smooth one (http://blogs.office.com/b/micr...ok-com-in-5-easy-steps.aspx). If that third did follow this process, and their account remained active, then yes, they will be considered converts.

Edited by RommelS, Feb 19 2013, 6:31am :

You can't see shared calendar on mobile devices unlike GMail.
Calendar still directs to the old Hotmail one.
You can't easily select all contacts
You can't use a custom contact picture.

Nothing major but these still annoy me. Particularly the shared calendars. I use it all the time on GMail so until that becomes a feature I will stick with GMail

SK[ said,]You can't see shared calendar on mobile devices unlike GMail.
Calendar still directs to the old Hotmail one.
You can't easily select all contacts
You can't use a custom contact picture.

Nothing major but these still annoy me. Particularly the shared calendars. I use it all the time on GMail so until that becomes a feature I will stick with GMail


These works just fine for me except select all (not sure why that's needed).

MISSING:

I can't send through another server, so when I send an email address as me@mysite.com it sends with a "on behalf of" added which doesn't look good.

Said it many times... this is the ONLY thing which stops me migrating forever.

Mr Spoon said,
MISSING:

I can't send through another server, so when I send an email address as me@mysite.com it sends with a "on behalf of" added which doesn't look good.

Said it many times... this is the ONLY thing which stops me migrating forever.

Weird, mine doesn't do that.

infinicat said,
@Shadowzz How about I tell you I use Thunderbird?
On purpose? Granted it had the best IMAP support in the early 2000's when I used it for that purpose... but now?

Enron said,

Weird, mine doesn't do that.


If you check the email in a proper version of Outlook (IE< the program, not the web browser) then it should show it.

MrHumpty said,
On purpose? Granted it had the best IMAP support in the early 2000's when I used it for that purpose... but now?

Not old enough to remember things from early 2000s. But what's different now? It works perfect with Gmail.