Microsoft has officially flipped on the Outlook.com switch, marking a significant change in the companys email strategy. Soon, Hotmail will be a thing of the past and Outlook.com will be the service that Microsofts online email subscribers use. Outlook.com is just the latest change that has come to Microsofts ecosystem and includes everything from Windows 8 launching in October to improved versions of Office and Windows Phone.
But for now, the focus should be on Outlook.com. After all, it marks a major shift for Microsoft, and could dramatically impact how Microsofts customers interact with their email. Outlook.com offers the same basic features as Hotmailsending and receiving emailsbut it comes with so many interesting features and backend strategies that current and potential users should know more about how it works.
Read on to learn more about Outlook.com.
1. Hotmail is dead
With the launch of Outlook, Hotmail users can all but kiss goodbye their former service. Eventually, Hotmail will be discontinued in favor of Outlook.com, meaning an era is officially ending. So, get ready for it.
2. Its a new design
One of the nice things about Outlook.com is that it delivers an all-new look that should help users easily navigate through emails. The service comes with a clean look, streamlined navigation and overall looks much nicer. Thats important as Microsoft attempts to keep customers using its service.
3. Get ready for the land grab
According to some reports, users are grabbing all kinds of email addresses from the Outlook.com domain, including some that nabbed possible aliases for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and co-founder Bill Gates. Those looking to sign up for Outlook that dont have Hotmail accounts now should act quickly to get their own preferred address.
4. Slide shows are built-in
Since sharing photos has become a popular exploit for email users, Microsoft has built a slide show feature into Outlook.com. Its a nice addition that will appeal to many folks who commonly share photos over email.