Hotmail, this past Monday, July 4th, celebrated its 15th birthday!
"HoTMaiL, the first HTML enabled free email service, was launched on July 4th, 1996 by two former Stanford students, Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith. The two latel sold Hotmail to an investment company and it was eventually purchased by Microsoft in 1997, for a reported $400 million."
Dick Craddock, Group Program Manager, Hotmail, today made birthday wishes blog post on the Inside Windows Live blog, focusing on a steady stream of recently introduced features, including Sweep, Aliases, inline video viewing from YouTube, Vimeo and more, IE9 pinned sites integration, and speed, speed, speed.
Last year Dick Craddock wrote up "A Short History of Hotmail", including a succession of Hotmail logos, and a bit of history about how Hotmail, when coming to Windows Live (and facing some stiff competition from Google's upstart new Gmail), totally rebuilt the back end from using Unix, C++ and Perl to Windows Server, SQL Server, C# and .Net.
And, to celebrated the 15th birthday, the Hotmail team has announced the launch of two new calendar features that provide more instant access to the things that matter to you.
First, the team adding a "mini-calendar" on a trial basis, that's similar to Outlook's in the left pane of Hotmail so you can quickly see upcoming appointments and jump to a particular date:
And if you're looking for a particular email, we added a "go to" option that lets you easily get to messages from a particular date by clicking "go to" at the bottom of your message list. You can use the same control to get to messages from a particular sender when the message list is sorted by From.
Finally, Hotmail is now the largest free email service on the planet - with 360 million unique users per month.
[Source: Inside Windows Live]