09 June 2013 :: In a weekly Poll survey by Lenseye.co, 63% people says Sabeer Bhatia co-founded Hotmail in 1996. 38% voted for Shawn Fanning. The Question of the Weekly Poll was Who co-founded Hotmail in 1996 and then sold the company to Microsoft?
The Nominees were Shawn Fanning, Ada Byron Lovelace, Sabeer Bhatia, Ray Tomlinson & Don’t Know.
Sabeer Bhatia [born on 30th of December 1968 ], is an Indian American entrepreneur who founded the Hotmail email service and Jaxtr.
Sabeer Bhatia was born in Chandigarh on 30th December 1968. He grew up in Banglore and had his early education at the Bishop’s School in Pune and then at St Joseph’s Boys High School in Banglore. In 1988,he went US to get a Bachelor degree at the Californa Institue Of Technology after a foreign transfer from BITS Pilani, Rajasthan. He earned a master degree in Electrical Engineering from the Stanford University.
Hotmail (officially Microsoft Hotmail, previously Windows Live Hotmail and MSN Hotmail) was a free web-based email service operated by Microsoft as part of Windows Live, which was recently replaced by the newer Outlook.com service by Microsoft. Hotmail was one of the first web-based Email services, it was founded by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith and launched in July 1996 as “HoTMaiL”. It was acquired by Microsoft in 1997 for an estimated $400 million, and shortly after, it was rebranded as “MSN Hotmail”. The last version was released in 2011.
Hotmail featured unlimited storage, Ajax, and integration with Microsoft’s instant messaging (Windows Live Messenger), calendar (Hotmail Calendar), file hosting service (SkyDrive), and contacts platform. As of 2012, Hotmail was the world’s second largest web-based email service after Gmail with 360 million users. It was available in 36 different languages.