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Hotmail was a web-based email service from Microsoft. Launched in 1996 by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith, Hotmail became one of the first free web-based email services, allowing people to access online inboxes from any location. The name "Hotmail.com" was decided upon because it includes the letters “HTML,” a common programming markup language used when creating web pages. To showcase this, the name of the service was originally styled as “HoTMaiL.” In 1997, Hotmail was acquired by Microsoft and became part of the Microsoft Service Network portal as MSN www.Hotmail.com . In 2006 and 2007, after competitors like Gmail and Yahoo Mail entered the picture, Microsoft released a new and improved Hotmail as part of Windows Live. Windows Live Hotmail was continually upgraded until Microsoft released the final version in 2011. And in 2013 the service was replaced by Outlook.com, which currently offers email, contact, task, and calendar-managing services available in 106 languages.

 

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