Email was becoming very popular back in 1996. Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia ride the waves of email by creating the first free web-based email services. They called this service Hotmail. The main aim of Hotmail was to allow people to send electronic mail all over the world for free. With this, Hotmail became the biggest email providers all over the world. Hotmail is available in 30 different languages. This service has already been serving 260 million users all over the world.


Hotmail was established back in July 4, 1996. Hotmail is one of the very first web-based services in the market. Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia created this when the dot-com era was booming. Everyone was buying domain names. Before the end of 1997, Hotmail already have 8.5 million users. This was also the time when Microsoft paid this service with $400 million. When Microsoft purchased this service, it expanded into serving more countries with different languages. Before 1999 ended, Hotmail became the biggest webmail service in the whole world. This service already have 30 million users by the end of 1999. As of 2008, Hotmail already have 260 million users.


The creators of Hotmail created it on a platform that uses Free BSD together with Solaris operating systems. Microsoft tried to divide the services into different operating systems which are the Windows NT and the Windows 2000. The first time they tried this migration, it failed. The second time, for Windows 2000, the conversion was not full. During 2005, Microsoft created a new Hotmail coming entirely from scratch.


Hotmail may be the first webmail services, however it is not the only webmail service out there in the market. Other webmail services are yahoo and Lycos. These were the main competitors of Hotmail in the webmail market. In 2004, Google came out of the map and revolutionized the webmail services. Google has more storage and is faster compared to other webmail services. The webmail service legacy that was created by Hotmail evolve into a better and more competitive webmail service providers for users.


There are a lot of new features in Hotmail as the years progress. It has folders, spelling check, retrieval, and POP mail. Now, Microsoft added more features to it such as MP3files, Window Messenger , more color-schemes, and other security functions. Australian income protection. The languages that are made available by Microsoft for the Hotmail services are Ukrainian, Turkish, Thai, Swedish, Spanish, Slovenian, Slovak, Serbian, Russian, Romanian, Portuguese, Polish, Norwegian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Hungarian. Hebrew, Greek, German, French, Finnish, Estonian, English, Dutch, Danish, Czech, Croatian, Chinese, Bulgarian and Arabic.


Hotmail has two versions. The free service and the Hotmail Plus for $19.95. Each have their own benefits.