After having launched the successor to Hotmail last summer in a preview state, Microsoft shed the preview tag and officially launched Outlook.com back in February. By that time the webmail service had reached 60 million active users in less than 6 months, but still had more than 300 million users left on Hotmail. Today the Redmond-based company announced that it has finally shifted all its Hotmail users to Outlook.com and now has more than 400 million active accounts. Alongside the milestone, Microsoft also introduced two new features on Outlook.com SMTP send and improved SkyDrive integration. Also Read - Microsoft is overhauling Outlook.com with a new look and UI
The SMTP send feature allows Outlook.com users to send emails directly from another email account using SMTP push. In the past Outlook.com supported this by using a send on behalf feature, but now emails will be sent directly to recipients. A deeper SkyDrive integration also now allows users to send mails, attach photos or files right from within the cloud storage service.
Microsoft also had some positive news on the mobile front, announcing that of the 400 million active users; nearly 125 million users were accessing the webmail service regularly on their mobile devices.