Who Invented Hotmail?


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Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith created Hotmail, one of the first web-based emailing systems. Hotmail was sold to Microsoft in 1998 for over $400 million.

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Bhatia and Smith created Hotmail on July 4, 1996, while living in Mountain View, Calif. Before selling Hotmail to Microsoft, Bhatia was offered $160 million for the company by Bill Gates. In 2011, Hotmail serviced over 360 million users around the world and gave users the option of over 36 different languages on the website. In 2013, Outlook.com replaced Hotmail, allowing users to enjoy email services, unlimited storage, an integrated calendar and Skype from one Internet location.

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