What Is Hotmail?


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Hotmail is the original name of the free web-based email service created by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith in 1996. In 1997, Microsoft purchased Hotmail for $400 million and renamed it MSN Hotmail. In 2013, Microsoft changed the email service to Outlook.com.

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The original spelling of the email service was HoTMaiL, putting the emphasis of HTML within its name. When the service first launched, it included features such as a 2 MB storage space, virus scanning and spam filters. Since then, Outlook.com includes Skype integration, a "sweep" auto-delete feature, one-click filters and a two-step verification system. As of 2015, Outlook.com supports POP3, EAS and IMAP protocols.

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