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Hotmail is one of the popular free 'webmail' email services, which are accessible from anywhere on the planet via a standard web browser. It was founded by Jack Smith[?] and Indian entreprenuer Sabeer Bhatia in 1995 and was commercially launched on July 4th, 1996, Independence Day of the USA, symbolically representing freedom from ISPs.

Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in 'mail' and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters "html" - the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casing.

Hotmail was later sold to Microsoft corporation, which rebranded it under its MSN umbrella. Hotmail serves email accounts in many countries.

Hotmail allows its members 2MB of free e-mail space, be it sent or received email. Additional space is available at extra cost.

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