Microsoft Outlook.com Goes Live: 10 Things You Should Know About It
pagebreaktitle=Outlook.com Takes Aim at Gmail} 5. Like Gmail, chat is built-in To enhance Outlook.coms overall usability, Microsoft has bundled chat features into the service. So, in addition to Outlook chat, users can instant message with each other over Facebook Chat. Its a nicely integrated feature, but its certainly nothing new: Google has its own alternative in Gmail.
6. Office integration is hugeArmed with Outlook.com, users will be able to view and edit Office documents from within the email platform. So, if an Excel spreadsheet needs a quick modification or a Word document has a typo, users wont need to download a file just to make the changes. Its a nice feature. 7. A social address book It seems that everywhere we turn nowadays, companies are looking to bundle social network information into address books. Thats certainly the case with Outlook.com. In fact, Microsofts Contacts list allows users to access a persons latest information shared via Facebook and LinkedIn. 8. Skype, of course When Microsoft acquired Skype last year, the company made it clear that it planned to bundle the VoIP service into as many of its platforms as possible. So, it would only make sense for Outlook.com to come with access to Skype. Aside from basic calling, Outlook.com users will also be able to place video calls to other Skype or Outlook users. 9. The focus is on Gmail Make no mistake: with Outlook.com, Microsoft is gunning for Gmail. Microsoft knows that Hotmail wasnt doing the trick and the company felt compelled to come up with something that could match it. Outlook.com, at least so far, looks to be just the ticket. 10. Windows 8s inspiration As noted, the design of Outlook.com is awfully nice. But its important to recognize that its design is inspired by Windows 8. The same can be said for Windows Phone 8 and even Office 2013. At this point, it appears Microsoft wants to use Windows 8 as an inspiration for all of its products and carry a single look-and-feel across all products. Lets see if the plan works out. Follow Don Reisinger on Twitter by clicking here
6. Office integration is huge