So Hotmail is down and officially dead.... sorta.

Looking back about 15 years ago to the time when I set up my first email account, I remember Hotmail being the web-based provider of my choice. Since that time I moved on to Yahoo, and currently Gmail but the idea of Hotmail being officially dead, down and no longer in service still seems slightly unreal. Rather like the day I decided to revisit my old Myspace account only to realize it was a ghost town as well. Hotmail, like Myspace was a staple of my teenage years and so it's a slightly difficult pill to swallow, realizing that these sentimental digital communication sources are no more. Though Hotmail is officially dead, still there are some things you should know about its passing. Here are 5 important tidbits I gathered.

Hotmail Officially Dead: 5 Things to Know

1. Although Hotmail no longer exists, your account still does. So all your friends and family can still continue to email your old address but now your user interface looks different

2. All Hotmail accounts have been migrated to Outlook so there is no work to do, it just happens.

3. New accounts are now linked to sky drive-equivalent to Gmail and Google drive, so you can send attachments from your sky drive account and not just your computer hard drive.

4. The new Outlook merge allows you to easily manage and use multiple email addresses

5. The new Outlook/Hotmail has an updated app, calendar and integration with Skype

So yeah, though Hotmail is officially dead, you don't necessarily have to bury it. Rather just let it grow and change into something better and more updated through Outlook.

More About the Outlook-Hotmail Merger

With 400 million active accounts now transferred to the new system on May 2, Microsoft officials say 150 petabyes of email have been transferred within a 6 week period.

In February 2013, Microsoft officials shred that 60 million active accounts were held with the company and that soon Hotmail would see a shutdown and merger with

It seems a large percentage of Outlook users are also accessing their email on the go as of the 400 million, 125 million users are logging in through mobile devices.

If you are a little nervous about using the updated Hotmail system check out the video here for some help.

About Hotmail ( From Wikipedia)

Hotmail (officially Microsoft Hotmail, previously Windows Live Hotmail and MSN Hotmail) was a free web-based email service operated by Microsoft as part of Windows Live, which was recently replaced by the newer service by Microsoft. Hotmail was one of the first web-based email services, it was founded by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith and launched in July 1996 as "HoTMaiL".It was acquired by Microsoft in 1997 for an estimated $400 million, and shortly after, it was rebranded as "MSN Hotmail". The last version was released in 2011.

Hotmail featured unlimited storage, Ajax, and integration with Microsoft's instant messaging (Windows Live Messenger), calendar (Hotmail Calendar), file hosting service (SkyDrive), and contacts platform. As of 2012, Hotmail was the world's second largest web-based email service after Gmail with 360 million users. It was available in 36 different languages.

Hotmail was developed from Mountain View, California. When Hotmail Corporation was an independent company, it was headquartered in Sunnyvale.

On April 3, 2013, (a newer webmail service by Microsoft) deprecated Hotmail.