Microsoft Drop Hotmail for Outlook.com

News Article - Wednesday, 01 August 2012 11:16

By: Kerry Butters Category: Connectivity

Microsoft has announced that it is to drop popular email service Hotmail for a web-based version of Outlook, in what it calls "a mission to reimagine personal email. Hotmail was first introduced in 1996 and Gmail 8 years following that; Microsoft say that for personal email, not much has changed since then, until now.

Changes are needed, Microsoft say on their official blog, as more and more people keep their connections in social networks rather than email and this is why a new approach to email is necessary. The official preview of Outlook.com has already been released in beta version so it’s worth heading over to have a look, especially if you’re a Windows Live user.

According the Microsoft, the new Outlook is designed for cloud so that mail is always just a click away, so long as you have some form of internet connection. The web-based version allows more messages to be visible in the inbox and "there are no display ads or large search boxes that take up extra space.”

"Outlook.com also uses Exchange ActiveSync, so it powers your mail, calendar and people experience on your smartphone, tablet, and the new Outlook 2013 Preview,” Microsoft goes on to explain.

They also go on to outline the integration that the new web Outlook will have with social networks; users can connect to all of the major networks which can include status updates, friend’s photos, tweets and "the ability to chat and video call", with the addition of Skype.

There is also the inclusion of free Office Web Apps such as Word and Excel, as well as access to Skydrive so that you can share and file all of your documents online without worrying about attachment limits.

You can get an @Outlook address starting from today and if you’re already a Hotmail customer then it’s just a simple matter of clicking ‘upgrade’ in the options menu. All of the data you currently have stored in Hotmail will be retained and you can start using the preview version immediately.

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