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Microsoft says accounts reach 400 million

REDMOND, Wash., May 3 (UPI) — Microsoft says it has finished transferring users to and has 400 million active accounts as a result.

Microsoft on Thursday announced the completion of the transition that involved migrating 150 petabyes of email over the past six weeks, CNET reported.

In February, when it announced it would be shutting down Hotmail and moving the hundreds of millions of existing users to, Microsoft said it had 60 million active accounts.

In announcing the finished transition, Microsoft also unveiled two new features for Outlook: SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) Send, which will allow mail to be sent from different email addresses; and closer integration with the company’s SkyDrive, allowing users insert files and pictures directly from the cloud storage service into their emails.

Microsoft said of the current 400 million users, 125 million are accessing their accounts from mobile devices.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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