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1 million users claim email addresses in 6 hours of launch

Any fears over a slow start for Microsoft's reformed email client were quashed when more than 1 million email addresses were claimed within six hours of the product's launch.

"One million people have signed up for a new, modern email experience at," the service tweeted. Microsoft released yesterday as a preview; it will ultimately replace Redmond's current Hotmail service.

Anyone looking to get a personal email address from, which was named after its associated PC program, can visit the website to register. Existing @hotmail, @live, and @msn account holders can upgrade to the new client and keep their names.

In talking to PCMag about the launch, Chris Jones, corporate vice president of the Windows Business Group, outlined four driving goals in designing to take a different, modern approach to the user interface suited to mobile devices; to make it personal through connections to social networks; to make it smart and powerful in handling different types of email; and to put the user in control.

In an effort to top email competitor Gmail, includes social media integration with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and is expecting to sync up soon with recent Microsoft acquisition, Skype. The all-in-one design includes Contacts, Calendar, and SkyDrive cloud storage, as well as direct Inbox access to documents from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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