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Gone are the days, when Hotmail was the hottest Web-based free email service attracting tonnes of users to register their accounts. Eventually, the other free email services including Gmail.com and Yahoo Mail replaced the first service and soon its creator, software giant Microsoft also realized it needs a major makeover.
Hence, on July 31, the company announced the launch of the preview version of Outlook.com – a new revamped, personal, free Web-based email service.
Well, renaming doesn't means that Hotmail has lost its reputation as it was the largest online mail service in the world till June 2012.
According to the comScore figures, Hotmail consisted of 324 million users accounting to 36% of the global market. However, of course, Google's Gmail is growing at a fast pace with 31% of the global market. Meanwhile, the other rival was Yahoo Mail, static with 32% of the market.
Hence, in an attempt to recapture the growth in the market space, the MountainView Valley firm has renamed the service as Outlook, a name that is quite familiar to the corporate employees who use the Microsoft Outlook email application. Further, the company has reportedly announced, that the users of Hotmail will be prompted to switch to Outlook in the coming months. Here is a summary on all the key features which are enthrusted by Microsoft in the new Web-based mail service:
Features You Need to Know
Inbox displays 30% more messages: Outlook.com has been completely redesigned by the software giant and it features a new clean and uncluttered look with lots of white space, very similar to Google's Gmail. Further, Microsoft has informed that the new design will display 30% more message in the inbox.
Social Platform: Outlook.com will connect to networks like Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Facebook. Users can view the recent Tweets and status shared by friends. Further, the service will let the users to chat with Facebook friends and automatically scan the contacts from the user's LinKedIn and Facebook accounts to the address book.
Edit, Share and More: Users of the new service can create, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents very easily on different platforms.
Built-in Skype app: Outlook.com will offer the users to make video calls via the built-in Skype app which Microsoft has introduced in the latest service. The feature will be compatible with the users on both the ends, even when the VOIP application is not installed on their device.
Cloud Storage: The new service will come packed with SkyDrive, the cloud storage service of the Windows OS developer. This will automatically remove restrictions of attachment size limits.
Customizing Folder Option: Outlook.com will offer users to customize the process for sorting their mails by labeling them into different folders. As the service will automatically detect mails such as newsletters, offers, daily deals and social updates and puts them in separate folders.
Slideshow: Yes, an interesting feature in the service, which will allow the users to view the pictures attached in emails in the form of a slideshow.
Analyst predict that Outlook.com has succeeded in making webmail new and different. And it is also clear that Microsoft wants people to make the switch from Gmail to Outlook.com, hence the company has given explicit instructions on how to transfer from Gmail to Outlook.com and is even offering Gmail keyboard shortcuts.
However, many industry insiders are assuming that Outlook.com has been designed by Microsoft to be particularly compatible with Windows 8, which will launch on October 26.
Honestly, share your opinion on the same in the comments section below. Will you switch from your committed Gmail account to the recently introduced Outlook.com?