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01 August 2012

Goodbye Hotmail, Hello Outlook

The Best Reason Yet to Ditch Gmail.

Microsoft is renaming its vintage Hotmail email service as Hotmail was still the world's largest email service with 324 million users (about 36 per cent of the market) but had been losing its market to Google's fast-growing Gmail. The name Outlook is familiar to most corporate workers who use the popular Microsoft Office email application.

Hotmail was launched in 1996 by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith and acquired by Microsoft in 1997 for an estimated $400 million.

The rebranding and overhaul of Microsoft's email service is Microsoft's first major change in its email service in eight years. Here are 10 highlights of the new email service from the world's largest software company:

Goodbye Hotmail, hello Outlook: Top 10 features
1. has a new design that Microsoft says users 60 per cent fewer pixels but 30 per cent more messages visible in the inbox
2. connects to Facebook and Twitter to enrich conversations. Users can view recent status by friends and Tweets shared by friends.
3. Users can chat with Facebook users and other Outlook users from inside
4. Users can open, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint files in
5. Outlook's address book integrates contacts from Facebook and LinkedIn.
6. With users can make Skype video calls even when both users don't have Skype installed. This feature will be rolled out soon.
7. Photographs attached with emails can be viewed as a slideshow.
8. comes integrated with with Microsoft's cloud storage service SkyDrive, this removes the restrictions of attachment size limits.
9. 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.
10. Existing Hotmail users can upgrade to the preview and their email address, password, contacts, old email, and rules will remain unchanged. They can continue to send and receive email from their or or address.


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