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Hotmail Signs 100,000 New Users in One Day

Ad-backed e-mail firm Hotmail, claiming to be the world's largest e- mail service, said that 100,000 people signed up for a Hotmail account in one day.

"Hotmail membership has been on an impressive growth curve for sometime," said Sean Fee, director of product marketing at Sunnyvale, CA-based Hotmail. "The magnitude of the 100k mark becomes clear if you visualize it in real world terms. Imagine if everyone who attended the Rose Bowl signed up for an e-mail account on game day."

Hotmail, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft, claims more than 15 million active e-mail accounts with an average up time of 99.85%.

Hotmail is a password-protected, e-mail system that offers mail delivery, MIME and UUEncoded file attachments; personal address books; spell checking; filtering and embedded hyper-links. Because Hotmail is Web-based, users can send, view and navigate entire Web pages within a Hotmail message