Hotmail turns 15

Happy Belated Birthday to Hotmail. Hotmail turns 15 years old recently.

If Hotmail is a human, he would be in Secondary 3 this year and going for O level next year. Haha.
Hotmail was founded by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith and launched in July 1996 as “HoTMaiL”. (Capitalization on the letters “HTML”) It is the first web based email service. When Hotmail was sold to Microsoft in December 1997, it has more than 8.5 million subscribers. It now has 360 million unique users per month. In Singapore, there are more than 1 million Hotmail users.
I have been using Hotmail for the longest time. I still remember when I started using Hotmail before Microsoft bought it over. Can you imagine that the mailbox capacity was just 2mb back then? Well, its not as bad as you think since we don’t have much large attachements to send via email. And internet speed wasn’t that fantastic back then so most emails are pretty small.
Hotmail has been constantly improving. Do you know that you can chat with your Facebook friends directly on Hotmail? Watch Youtube videos directly on Hotmail when someone sends you a Youtube link. There’s even a conversation view for those who prefer their email to be threaded. (I still prefer the good old email style) Just recently, Hotmail launched a new service call “My friend’s been hacked” to alert Hotmail when a trusted source starts sending spammy emails. Pretty interesting feature.
Happy Birthday Hotmail.

1 comment

  1. They have the “my friends account kenna hack”? Because that’s how common Ot is for hotmail account is being hacked. Haha
    They should also have “stop sending penis enlargement spam” too hehe.
    Hotmail, then yahoo mail..good old friends.
    But time to move on..gmail

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