This Tuesday, Microsoft officially launched Outlook.com, marking the end of its predecessor, Hotmail.

Nearly 7 months after its initial release last July, Microsoft announced the end of the beta in a blog post.

Microsoft said it will switch users over to the new service ‘soon’ but won’t force them to change their email addresses to ‘outlook.com’. They added that users should expect the change this summer.

Everything from their @hotmail.com email address, password, messages, folders, contacts, rules, vacation replies, etc. will stay the same, with no disruption in service.

The company also revealed that over 60 million people are actively using Outlook.com.

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To mark the launch of Outlook.com, Microsoft released two ads as part of its worldwide marketing campaign. These ads are designed to showcase the features of Outlook.com. One ad, below, gives a brief overview of Sweep, a feature that allows users to clear out their inbox by mass deleting, moving and archiving messages.

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Microsoft said that it had been receiving and applying feedback from ‘early adopters’ during the trial period. “We’ve used that to add new features and fine-tune the services to scale.”

(Source: Mashable)