Microsoft's Outlook goes on offensive
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft is so confident it has the Internet's best email service that it is about to spend at least US$30 million (RM93 million) to send its message across the US.
The barrage began on Tuesday when Microsoft's twist on email, Outlook.com, escalated an assault on rival services from Google Inc, Yahoo Inc, AOL Inc and a long list of Internet service providers.
As part of the process, all users of Microsoft's Hotmail and other email services operating under different domains such as MSN.com will be automatically converted to Outlook.com by the summer, if they don't voluntarily switch before then.
All the old messages, contacts and settings in the old inboxes will be exported to Outlook.com. Users will also be able to keep their old addresses.
To welcome new users, Microsoft is financing what it believes to be the biggest marketing blitz in the history of email. Outlook.com will be featured in ads running on primetime TV, radio stations, websites, billboards and buses. AP