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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012, file photo, Microsoft Corp. retail store employees and guests mingle at a pop-up Microsoft Store during Microsoft FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012, file photo, Microsoft Corp. retail store employees and guests mingle at a pop-up Microsoft Store during Microsoft's annual meeting of shareholders, in Bellevue, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren,File)  

Microsoft’s Outlook.com gains 60 million users in six months

As Microsoft continues its attempts to lure users away from Gmail, the firm says that after releasing Internet-based Outlook.com as a preview, millions of people have signed up to the service.

The Redmond giant announced on its blog that it was “humbled” by active users of the email service — which has grown from none to 60 million users in a six-month span.

Microsoft has taken Outlook.com out of its preview stages and it is now open to the public. In addition, users of Hotmail will be moved over to Outlook by summer automatically — although you can upgrade at any time — and you won’t be forced to change your email address.

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