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Hotmail, launched in 1996 by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith, was one of the earliest web-based email services. Acquired by Microsoft in 1997, it became part of the company’s suite of online services. Hotmail allowed users to access their email accounts from any internet-connected device, pioneering the concept of webmail and enabling greater convenience and accessibility for email communication. Over time, Hotmail underwent several updates and rebranding efforts, eventually transitioning to in 2013.

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