|In ’95 Hotmail was introduced: the first place to get a free email address, disconnected from an ISP.
Hotmail was properly the first contact for many new web users with the powers of the internet: communicating by email. Four years later after it's introduction 30 million people worldwide were exchanging @hotmail email addresses. At some point maybe thought to be the only way to ‘email’ by n00bs.
Hotmail was bought by Microsoft in 1998 for just 400 million dollars, a bargain for pre-internet bubble standards.
Now in 2007 the end of Hotmail is near – although the @hotmail.com won’t go anywhere- since it’s transformation to “Live” mail to become an integrated part of the Microsoft’s “Live” family.
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