From its foundation to its great popularity, Hotmail remains the free mail service. It all starts at the end of 1995 when two friends who knew each other in graduate school began to create the idea. Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia, devised something so that their conversations by mail were not seen. Twelve years later, the technology market totally revolutionized. In fact, the idea only took a few months to enter the field of networks .

Hotmail history
Hotmail history

The idea was to create a mail service, through the Internet, where one could communicate quickly. It would be safe and could be accessed from any computer. However, they themselves did not have enough money (approximately $ 300,000) to cover the expense.

The money would be used to create a preliminary version of what they were creating. With the inability to look for money, they turned to the most viable: sponsors . That’s how he met Draper Fisher Jurvetson . It would cover the cost of $ 300,000, with the condition of owning 15% of the service profit. The payment of their idea made them quit their Apple Computer job to open an office in Fremont, California. It should be noted that, where they worked, the mail used was computerized and this could be seen by employers. This means that the mail system used was not private, but public.

Something interesting about this email service is, apart from other things, its name. It may seem like something very common or, to be honest, something out of mind, as if you didn’t know what name to put. The truth is that, when the service arrived at the market, it was called HoTMaiL (with that distinction of capital letters). If you pay attention, the uppercase letters form a term: HTML. This term refers to the language used to create web pages. To emphasize that feature, HoTMaiL was chosen as the original logo.

Its commercial launch was on July 4, 1996, just the day of United States Independence. Chance or not? Well, it is not, because they did it for that purpose, so that the same day the “freedom of ISP mail” was celebrated. It could be accessed from anywhere in the world, the boom this had was huge. It was, at that time, a breakthrough in communications. Without a doubt, it is still the communication method for highly recognized companies.

The growth of this company continues to increase , when important changes occur in 1997. Hotmail is sold to Microsoft for about 400 million dollars, so its name subsequently has a merger. From just Hotmail, it becomes MSN Hotmail. With this change, the company increases its popularity, reaching about 32 million active users. What was translated, at that time, as the largest webmail service in the world.

Changes and more changes

With the launch of a new email service, such as Google Gmail, Hotmail is “threatened.” However, the race for first place was matched when Hotmail decides to make an update on the platform. Inside it was a much cleaner interface than the previous one . That way the user could do everything without complexities.

Over the years, until 2005, Hotmail remained in good condition. It was from that moment when Microsoft decided to give it a new name: Windows Live Hotmail. It was offered, as expected, very quickly, security and privacy. The developers were again at an advantage when the number of users grew significantly again.

For May 18, Microsoft releases an update called “Wave 4”. This offered an improved preview, storage of up to 10 GB for photos, documents and attachments. An integration with Windows Live Office was also included.

One more update or the last?

Microsoft, not calm with everything he had achieved, wanted to make another update. On February 19, 2013, he began the migration of all accounts to a new mail platform called It was done without user intervention, which came as a surprise to everyone.

Everything, apparently, continued to work as usual. The only thing that changed was the appearance and the name. By May 3, the migration was over, with a total of 300 million accounts. That translates as the transfer of 150 peta bytes of information in a process that lasted six weeks. The email accounts remained the same, and one with termination @ and @ was added .