Microsoft's Hits One Million Users on Day One

On Tuesday, Microsoft surprised us all with the unveiling of a brand new webmail service called Sharing the same brand as the company's popular desktop email client, the service is Microsoft's attempt to revamp webmail. The company's Hotmail service has been flagging behind Google's Gmail for quite a while. Will be enough to take on the mighty Google? Maybe so.


Microsoft proudly announced on Tuesday night that one million people had signed up for accounts in less than a day of availability. The announcement was made via Twitter, so there's no further information on this number. For example, we'd like to know if it includes 'upgrades' from Hotmail or completely new sign ups. Similarly, we're sure there was a bit of a rush to secure popular or first-name-last-name email addresses.

Though one million is a massive milestone, Microsoft still has a long way to go before it reaches its goal. When Redmond announced earlier this week, the company described it as "modern email for the next billion mailboxes." It's going to be a while before that one million turns into one billion, but we're sure Microsoft will keep us posted. We'd be interesting in seeing how many people actually use the service. After all, it's one thing to get the curious to sign up, but quite another to get them to switch over from their existing provider.

Did you sign up for Do you plan on using the account? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • No the service does no work.
  • sylvez
    Against any other webmail is still unclear, but against, definitely a winner.
  • trapper
    aggravatedtodayNo the service does no work.
    It doesn't work on Opera, which is a shame, I've been using Opera for close to a decade now. But the new UI is very fluid. I had Chrome open with just to play around with it. I loaded it into Firefox as well, no issues there either.

    The new Alias feature is very cool too. I've added a slightly more professional looking to my regular hotmail account. One account, two addresses.
  • CaedenV
    I got my acct mostly just to make sure nobody steals my name, but after playing with it I may switch over from gmail.... assuming I do not get swarmed by a million spamms over the next few months...

    Also, while I like that it and the new contacts have gone Cosmo/Metro, they need to move skydrive and calendar over to complete the transition. And not having free imap support is going to be a deal-breaker for some people (though not a big deal for me).
  • wildkitten
    aggravatedtodayNo the service does no work.There are some browsers it doesn't work on. I have an older Windows machine that has IE8 and it doesn't work there, but works fine on IE9 on my Win7 laptop. This could be a measure of security.

    But the interface is nice and clean and seems to be laid out very nicely. I can see myself using it.
  • wildkitten
    One thing Microsoft needs to do is have an official Android/iOS app.
  • zak_mckraken
    I'm pretty sure the majority of this 1 million are upgraded Hotmail accounts. Still, it's an impressive launch. And the servers didn't crash! Take that EA and Blizzard!
  • Inferno1217
    That number is greatly exaggerated. I had to use it to log into my live account. So it's kind of a forced service.
  • puddleglum
    No way. Too many of the big name webmail providers are slow & bloated. I stick with fastmail anyday.
  • gm0n3y
    It doesn't really look much different than hotmail. Just a different theme and slightly more Google-ized interface.