Microsoft’s Outlook.com has more than 1 million people sign up for the service in just six hours.
The sign-up figures for the successor to Hotmail were tweeted by @Outlook on July 31 just over six hours after the new service was first announced.
The changes include the new email address — @outlook.com — which will replace the older @hotmail.com address, used by hundreds of millions worldwide across its more than 10 years of its service. Users can already “Upgrade to Outlook.com” to keep their existing address.
The new Web-based email service will eventually integrate Skype, delivering a new rival to Gmail-embedded Google’s Talk service. Microsoft acquired Skype for $8.5 billion last year following European regulators signing off on the deal.
Google remains in the lead with 425 million users, while Hotmail has approximately more than 350 million at the last count.