First look: Microsoft Outlook.com, the Hotmail reincarnation
Aug 01, 2012 12:26pm
Microsoft unveiled Outlook.com - a revamped, Facebook-friendly version of its free, online email service Hotmail.
Outlook.com has a new design that Microsoft says users 60 per cent fewer pixels but 30 per cent more messages visible in the inbox
Users can open, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint files in Outlook.com.
With Outlook.com users can make Skype video calls even when both users don't have Skype installed. This feature will be rolled out soon.
Photographs attached with emails can be viewed as a slideshow.
Outlook.com automatically detects mass messages such as newsletters, offers, daily deals and social updates and puts them in separate folders. Users can customize the process to sort mail any way they want to.
Outlook.com connects to Facebook and Twitter to enrich conversations. Users can view recent status by friends and Tweets shared by friends.
Outlook.com comes integrated with with Microsoft's cloud storage service SkyDrive, this removes the restrictions of attachment size limits.
Outlook's address book integrates contacts from Facebook and LinkedIn.
Existing Hotmail users can upgrade to the Outlook.com preview and their email address, password, contacts, old email, and rules will remain unchanged. They can continue to send and receive email from their @hotmail.com or @msn.com or @live.com address.