Microsoft has today announced that users of the Hotmail email system will be automatically upgraded to Outlook.com in the next six months.
The Outlook system was offered to Hotmail users in preview mode from last July, giving them the chance to experience the new interface or stay with their old one.
But the "preview tag" will today be removed, and users will have their accounts automatically upgraded to Outlook.com
Director of Microsoft Products Australia Miriam Romaniuk said 60 million of the 300 million Hotmail users worldwide had already upgraded to Outlook.com, including one million in Australia.
While users previously had the option of using their old system, they cannot opt out of the upgrade.
Ms Romaniuk said the transition between email systems would be simple, and users could expect their email address and password to remain the same.
She described the new interface as "fresh and modern" with no unnecessary clutter.
"We spent time building innovative, smart tools so you can manage your emails much easier," she said.
"It's about bringing email to the forefront."
Users can expect to begin receiving emails about the upgrade from today.
Source: Miriam Romaniuk Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson
Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson