Microsoft has (re-)launched its free public email service (previously branded “hotmail” and “windows live”) under the brand “outlook”. Outlook has been Microsoft’s email client on the corporate desktop for many years now, so they may be hoping that the new look email product will benefit from the existing brand’s goodwill.
However, I noticed from a posting on El Reg today that whilst Microsoft were breathlessly boasting “One million people have signed up for a new, modern email experience at Outlook.com. Thanks!” they were not apparently being careful about differentiating between people, and accounts. The Reg article notes that some new users have signed up to multiple accounts and/or accounts with unlikely names (such as email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org). So I moseyed on over to the new service to take a look.
I am now the proud owner of the email account “email@example.com”.
I’m pretty sure that Linus himself would not want that particular address, but if he does, and Microsoft don’t delete it in a clean-up operation, then he is welcome to it. Personally I shan’t be using the service.