Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail has surpassed 12 million active users on Apple iOS devices — a dramatic climb resulting from the simplified process for setting up the Microsoft webmail service in Apple’s iOS5. Hotmail has also seen a sharp increase in Android usage, now topping 3 million active users, since releasing an app for the Google platform.

Those were the new stats released by the company’s Hotmail team today, as the company announced another expansion of Hotmail’s mobile footprint: Hotmail is now available as a free app for Kindle Fire, and Microsoft describes it as better than the native email app built into the Amazon tablet.

“Whereas the native Kindle application simply downloads your mail via POP3, with the new Hotmail app you can sync all your mail, contacts, folders, and subfolders via the more robust Exchange Active Sync protocol,” says Microsoft’s David Law in the post announcing the release. “Because the Kindle Fire uses a different implementation of Android, we needed to make some updates to our previous Hotmail app for Android to ensure it worked well. Now that we’ve finished the work and the app is ready, we’re excited to give customers a great Hotmail experience on the Kindle Fire.”

Hotmail’s Kindle Fire app is available for download here.

Thanks to Richard Hay at Windows Observer for pointing this out.

(Charts via Microsoft.)


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  • Guest

    Congratulations to Microsoft on the launch! I’m glad to see that all those new Kindle Fires and iPads still work with the Microsoft products on which we’ve come to rely.

  • Christina Trapolino

    I haven’t used Hotmail since the 90s.  This article made me almost curious enough to check it out, but signing up for a Windows Live account was way more work than I was willing to put in.

    In any case, I’m always interested in seeing what Microsoft is tackling next.

  • Guest II

    Hello? Hotmail Team? There’s a huge problem with your service. I have Exchange for work and that means I can’t run two instances of Exchange on my iPad. If I load Hotmail into the native iPad mail client it treats it as Pop3 and I then can’t see any of my other folders. I have the same problem on my Droid phone.

    This results in me having to use 3rd party apps to use Hotmail. How about converting to IMAP? It is 2012.

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