Microsoft is reimagining almost anything they can to get ready for the upcoming Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Today, it’s hotmail’s turn. One of the oldest webmail on earth is about to rebirth with a new name that has been known for ages, outlook with a dot and a word “com’.
Deeply integrated with Microsoft Account, Outlook.com is a new version of hotmail with a brand new face. The much cleaner new interface gets the clutter out of the way with 60% fewer pixels in header and 30% more messages visible in your inbox, despite the fact that the vertical ads still show up at the right panel next to the detail message pane. I wish this can get out of the way or being show horizontally like in Gmail.
The personal emails come alive with photos of your friends, recent status updates and tweets all together within your Outlook.com inbox. You can even chat or do a video call with the friends on your contact list. Of course, you still have the control over to what you want to share and who you want to network with. While everything seems to go social over the internet keeping your privacy to yourself is more important than ever.
The most exciting thing, at least to me, is that you now have another chance to secure a name with the new Outlook.com domain, especially for those who are tired of using a combination of their name and numbers as their own email address. Email address is about your identity, the more close to your own, the always better.
However, it’s not necessary if you already have one you’ve been using extensively for years. And you don’t have to change it in order to take advantage of the new powerful platform.
If you’re a Hotmail customer and want to upgrade to the Outlook.com preview, just click “Upgrade” in the options menu of Hotmail. Your email address, password, contacts, old email, and rules will remain unchanged, and you can send/receive email from your @hotmail.com or @msn.com or @live.com address. You’ll experience it all in the new Outlook.com preview user interface. You can also add an @Outlook.com email address to your account if you want.
Outlook.com is released out to public as a preview version but if you are already using hotmail or are planning on using the upcoming Windows 8 it’s time to try out.