Microsoft proclaimed Outlook to be the new Hotmail on Tuesday. In a radical reinvention of Hotmail, Microsoft has begun allowing users to test out its new Web-based Outlook, named after the popular email software. According to PC World, it's believed that everyone using Hotmail will eventually be transitioned to Outlook. There is, however, no firm date when that movement will take place.
Hotmail launched in 1996 and boasts more than 325 million users worldwide. Hotmail is the Web's largest email service but is slow losing that honor to Google's Gmail, with nearly 300 million users.
Hotmail users will be able to keep their @hotmail.com or @live.com addresses but new users will only get @outlook.com.