Outlook.com reaches 25 million users, Android app incoming

Microsoft rolled out Outlook.com as a replacement to Hotmail, as well as a completely new email service to take on Google's Gmail. So far it seems to be going well, since Microsoft announced that the new service has reached 25 million users. To celebrate, Microsoft also released an Outlook.com Android app for those want to check their Outlook mail on the go.

The Android app definitely isn't anything to write home about, since it will most likely remind users of the old Hotmail app, but it's certainly nice to have if you need your Outlook.com email on the go. However, it probably won't hit any top charts in the Google Play store, since most Android users are most likely loyal Gmail users as well.

On top of the app, though, the web-based client also received a few new features, including faster archiving, more shortcuts and more color themes to choose from. New features is certainly a good thing, and Microsoft will have to keep on top of things if it wants to keep up with Gmail. However, Microsoft claims that 4 out of 5 Gmail users said they would switch to Outlook.com.

Outlook.com launched to a crowd of curious users wanting to try out the new service. In fact, one million were signed up on Outlook.com within the first few hours of launch, and 10 million people were signed on within the first two weeks. Now, just a few months later, Outlook.com is seeing a staggering 25 million. It's certainly nothing spectacular, and it won't shake up the email market, but it seems people are willing to give the new service a try at least.

[via Engadget]