New service to eventually replace Hotmail.
My first ever email address was with Hotmail. I just liked the sound of the name, so I signed right up. Five years ago, I finally killed my Hotmail account, thanks in part to its absolutely horrible handling of spam messages, finicky interface, and countless crashes on other browsers.
And apparently I’m not the only one – Hotmail is no longer seen as a very active or user-friendly email service, despite holding a somewhat substantial user base. And it seems that Microsoft has finally caught onto the fact that people are moving away from Hotmail to other web based email services. So rather than sit and try to overhaul Hotmail, Microsoft decided to do something new and introduce Outlook.com.
Named after its desktop email client, Outlook.com promises to be the ‘modern email from Microsoft’, and is currently allowing new users to bookmark their email addresses. Eventually, Microsoft will migrate over all of its Hotmail users to Outlook.com, and discontinue the service completely.
The main features of Outlook.com of course are in the visuals – the interface is sleek and simple, with just a few large Metro-style buttons for navigation. There’s also tighter integration with Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and Skydrive, thus bringing some of the most popular services directly to your inbox.
It’s a somewhat daring move by Microsoft and a cheeky take on the likes of services like Gmail, which currently offer plenty of storage for free and have better email management tools and spam filters. Still, for anyone who’s still using Hotmail, Outlook.com may be the upgrade you never knew you wanted.