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Old 04-01-2004, 06:12 PM
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how long has HOTMAIL been around


I was just thinking about what my first personal e-mail address was, and realized it was my Hotmail account... I've had it for so long now, I can't remember when I first signed up..

anyone know when Hotmail first began? it's history or whatnot.. I did a couple google searches but game up empty.

I know i've had my hotmail account for at least 6-7 years now..

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Old 04-01-2004, 06:13 PM
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Definately since about 97, that's when I first got mine ...

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Old 04-01-2004, 06:16 PM
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just about the time when spam started...

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Old 04-01-2004, 06:20 PM
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since the beginning of time..... LOL!

I think it was probably about the mid 90's, its been there as long as ive been using the net and ive been using it since about 96...

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Old 04-01-2004, 06:29 PM
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HOTMAIL WAS FORMED
Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith founded Hotmail in 1996, one of the Internet's first Web-based e-mail service providers on $300,000 then sold to Microsoft for an estimated $400 million.

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Old 04-01-2004, 08:09 PM
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What a waste of money. I never liked Hotmail. USA.net was - when it was free - one of the best.

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Old 04-01-2004, 08:11 PM
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What a waste of money. I never liked Hotmail. USA.net was - when it was free - one of the best.
$400million is pocket change to MS though - even then it was!

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Old 04-01-2004, 08:11 PM
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It has been around for a really long time.

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Old 04-01-2004, 09:08 PM
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netcom was my first email. hotmail was my first web based email and that was a looooong time ago. Then that email got spammed to death and I since changed and now have a personal email and then my spam email for places where they require an email.

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Old 04-01-2004, 09:41 PM
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AOL had all e-mails from hotmail.com banned at least as early as 1996.

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Old 04-01-2004, 09:48 PM
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Hotmail was the first... When MS bought it, there were many competitors, but still; it justified the price of $400m.

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Old 04-02-2004, 05:02 AM
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I've still got my account I set up in '96 (use it for signing up to sites I don't trust with my real email address)

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Old 04-02-2004, 06:44 AM
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That's $399,700,000 profit for coming up with Hotmail... Damn!

I bet it's worth a lot now... hehe.

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Old 04-02-2004, 07:04 AM
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my first email address was with my ISP, I also got a hotmail address in about '97, but now I run my own mail server and i'm anti-hotmail

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Old 04-02-2004, 10:02 AM
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my first email address was with my ISP, I also got a hotmail address in about '97, but now I run my own mail server and i'm anti-hotmail
why are you anti hotmail ?

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