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Webmail was first introduced with HotmaiL in 1996. Back then, it was novel to have a personal email address you could keep for life – one that was totally independent from your business or internet service provider. Eight years later, Google introduced Gmail, which included 1 GB of storage and inbox search. And while Gmail and other webmail services like Hotmail have added some features since then, not much has fundamentally changed in webmail over the last 8 years – though yesterday’s frustrations about the small size of inboxes are now things of the past.
Microsoft’s new Web-based email, Outlook.com impressed from the first moment we saw it. It’s clear, fast user interface, leading tools for maintaining a clean, junk-free inbox, social-network integrations, and built in viewers for things like videos and documents, a new personal email service that re-imagines the way that people use email – from a cleaner look, to fewer and less obtrusive ads, to new connections to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Outlook.com is a brand new mail service from Software giant MICROSOFT. It’s the successor for the its current service Hotmail.com
Time to Change your Inbox :
Microsoft introduced Outlook.com, REDMOND, Wash. – July 31, 2012 – Outlook.com, Microsoft’s new personal email service that launches in preview form today, offers the first major improvement to cloud mail in eight years, said Chris Jones, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Windows Live.
“We think the time is right to re-imagine personal email, from the datacenter to the user experience,” he said. “So today we’re introducing a preview of Outlook.com.”
Outlook.com is a webmail service from Microsoft currently available in a preview, which will eventually replace Hotmail.Outlook.com features Microsoft’s Metro design language, and closely mimics the interface of the Outlook desktop software. During the preview, new @outlook.com email addresses were made available to all users, and existing Hotmail users were able to opt into the Outlook.com interface.
After less than four months since its release, Outlook.com attracted over 25 million users, and Microsoft found that 4 out of 5 testers said they’d dump Gmail for Outlook.com.
Since that release was actually designated a “preview,” it’s probably not a surprise that Microsoft has already updated the service based on feedback, as well as adding an Android app to the ways you can access your Outlook.com account. The new features, including an Archive button similar to Gmail’s, more keyboard shortcuts, and more inbox customization, will start appearing in Outlook.com user’s accounts over the next few weeks.
You can get your own account at Outlook.com, with a new @outlook.com email address. Existing users of Hotmail, MSN Mail, and Windows Live Mail will still be able to sign up for new @hotmail, @live, or @msn account for a while. Eventually the new service will replace all of the earlier ones, though there’s no scheduled date for that yet, and they’ll still be able to keep their @hotmail addresses if they choose.
Outlook.com uses Ajax programming techniques and supports later versions of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Some of its features include keyboard controls giving the ability to navigate around the page without using the mouse, the ability to search the user’s messages including structured query syntax such as “from:ebay”, message filters, folder-based organization of messages, auto-completion of contact addresses when composing, contact grouping, importing and exporting of contacts as CSV files, rich text formatting, rich text signatures, spam filtering and virus scanning, support for multiple addresses, and different language versions.
Features of Outlook.com
- Office Web Apps Integration
- Active View
- Conversation Threading
- Instant Action
- Single Use Code
- Skype Integration
Source:- Outlook Office Blog
Link to Sign Up : – Outlook.com
Hope by reading this mail you must have known the new service by Microsoft.