Microsoft to Completely Retire Hotmail by Summer

All users will be moved to, Microsoft says

Now that is out of preview and is available to all users around the world, the company is getting ready to completely retire Hotmail, one of the most popular email services ever released.

The company announced the decision in a blog post, revealing that it expects all Hotmail users to make the switch to by summer.

“The upgrade is seamless and instant for people who use Hotmail. Everything from their email address, password, messages, folders, contacts, rules, vacation replies, etc. will stay the same, with no disruption in service. And we won't ever make you switch your email address to an address if you don't want to,” the company said.

Once you log in with your Hotmail username and password at, your account is automatically enabled, so the transition is basically pretty smooth.

Of course, don’t be too surprised if Microsoft might lose a handful of users, as many Hotmail consumers have already expressed their frustration towards the company’s decision to retire the service.

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