Microsoft announced its Outlook.com service, first revealed in July 2012, has now hit the 60 million user mark. The service is now no longer in "preview" phase and by summertime the company plans to switch Hotmail users over to the new Outlook.com interface. The full details can be found at the Outlook Blog.
It's been just over 6 months since the Outlook.com preview released and the reception to date has greatly surpassed our expectations; over 60 million people already actively using Outlook.com. This number represents people that sign in several times a month via the web, client, or smart phone to really use our service.
Through the preview, we've heard and learned a great deal about your favorite features and how well Outlook.com is delivering on our vision for modern email. For example, millions of people are connecting Outlook.com to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to keep up-to-date on their friends' contact info, updates, photos, and Tweets. And a number of people have expressed appreciation that Outlook.com replaces advertising with the latest updates from Facebook or Twitter when they're reading email from one of their contacts. In fact on average, people saw 60% fewer ads when using Outlook.com because they're now getting much more relevant updates from their friends.