(USA TODAY) -- It's official: Hotmail is dead.
The company announced it has completed the transition from the email service to the new Outlook.com, which now boasts more than 400 million accounts.
been focused throughout the upgrade on ensuring that every customer has
a great experience," says Dick Craddock, Outlook.com's group program
mananger. "We've been overwhelmed with the response so far."
with a more modern interface, the Outlook email client introduces
several features, such as two-factor authentication, an updated calendar
and app and integration with cloud service Skydrive and Skype.
with Hotmail addresses can continue to use those accounts as long as
they choose. However, Hotmail address owners can opt to claim an Outlook
"Our belief is that as people start using the new
experience, they will come to love it even more than they loved
Hotmail," says Craddock. "We are keenly listening to what our customers
have to say, and we'll make the right set of adjustments to ensure that
we make the experience as great as it can be."