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By Michael Low & Joy Hou - on 21 Feb 2013, 5:46pm Exits Preview, Surpasses 60 Million Active Users in Six Months

Earlier yesterday, announced that it is officially available for all. Over 60 million users have signed up since the release of the preview for

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Additionally, every Hotmail user will soon be able to upgrade to the new by Q3 of this year. The upgrade will be seamless and instant for all Hotmail users; current customers will receive direct communication regarding the upgrade process. Designed as an email service focused on removing barriers and get people going, features:

  • An intuitive experience on modern browsers and devices
  • Keeps people connected to their friends and colleagues across the networks they really use
  • Provides a smart inbox to handle today's email needs, including SkyDrive for sharing virtually in a single email
  • Putting people in control by prioritizing their privacy comes with Sweep, a simple but powerful feature that helps people clear out their inbox by moving, archiving, or deleting specific email (and having this happen automatically in the future, if they choose to). The email service was also designed to make it easy to send hundreds of photos, videos and just about everything people want in a single message -- all powered by SkyDrive. Nearly half of the people using have already used SkyDrive to share more than half a billion photos and Office documents.

As comes out of preview, hotmail users will retain their email address, password, messages, folders, contacts, rules, vacation replies, etc., with no disruption in service. Otherwise, you can upgrade today by simply signing in at