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Microsoft replacing Hotmail with its new Outlook product
Standard Examiner ^ | 4 August 2012 | Leslie Meredith

Posted on 08/04/2012 10:36:54 PM PDT by Cronos

Are you a Hotmail user? Microsoft announced a new email service that will replace Hotmail, a product that boasts 325 million customers. Further, the company hopes to woo new users away from Gmail, which is now the most popular email service.

Microsoft named the new product Outlook, after its existing email for business users. That’s right, the one you’ve probably been using at the office.

“There was a perception gap with Hotmail from tech enthusiasts and youth,” Windows Live general manager Brian Hall told VentureBeat, a highly regarded tech website. “Many of them wouldn’t take a second look at Hotmail and they would say, ‘I don’t feel comfortable having this next to my name.” Hall’s sentiment is easy to understand in an online world where emails labeled “hot” can be risky.

“People understand Outlook is mail from Microsoft, so we thought this branding made sense,” Hall said.

Web-based email 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 separate 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 have added some features since then, not much has changed in webmail over the last few years.

While the new Outlook has many of the more modern features that Microsoft has built into Hotmail, such as the ability to clean up your inbox by sweeping unwanted emails out of the way, the new service does much more. For some, the social media integration may be overwhelming, but most will find the spare layout refreshing and the spam tools effective.

It’s worth a try. Microsoft has made a preview version available for download at www.outlook.com.

Alternately, if you have a Hotmail account, you can log in and then select “Upgrade.”

If you’re starting fresh, you’ll be asked for the usual information, including name, phone number (used to send you a one-time passcode in case you forget your password) and an alternate email address or a security question.

For better security, choose a 12-character password. Microsoft suggests you forward your Gmail or other account messages to your new Outlook account, but I’d wait until you settle on a primary email account, especially if you’re a Yahoo user — the company charges $20 a year for forwarding.

With your new @outlook.com account, you’ll receive free Word, Excel, and Power-Point web apps built in, along with 7 GB of cloud storage.

Microsoft says your personal conversations aren’t used for ads — a direct jab at Google that does use email to serve up ads that relate to your messages. Outlook is designed to be used on a PC, Mac, phone, and tablet, so that your account syncs across all of the devices you might use for email.

Your inbox will feel familiar. However, to reveal new features, hover your mouse over the word “Outlook” in the upper left corner of the window and then click on the down arrow that appears. Voila! You can now explore People, Calendar and SkyDrive (Microsoft’s online storage and syncing center).

People is the place to connect other networks that you’ve joined with your new Outlook account. The advantage to doing this is that you’ll be able to see all of your updates in one place without jumping from one site to another.

You can connect to Face-book, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, and soon, Skype. And remember, the social connections are entirely optional and can be reversed if you find you don’t like them.

Calendar and SkyDrive have not yet been updated from Hotmail. For now, you’ll have to hit the back arrow to return to Outlook. I’ll skip these sections until they’ve received their makeovers.

Returning to email, Microsoft has included handy categories for classifying your messages, such as bills, documents, family, important and photos, along with the ability to make up your own. You can opt to add any of your categories to the “Quick View” menu found under the standard folders.

One very welcome feature is “Unsubscribe” that appears on the bottom of every newsletter email you receive. Microsoft estimated that about half of emails in a typical user’s inbox are newsletters, so if it’s time for a clean-up, you can do it in one click.


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: email; gmail; hotmail; technology
hotmail was the big thing in 1999... now it's dead. Adieu...
1 posted on 08/04/2012 10:36:59 PM PDT by Cronos
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To: Cronos

I’m perfectly happy with my hotmail account that I’ve been using since 1998. I don’t need to always be “upgrading” to something “better.”


2 posted on 08/04/2012 10:48:10 PM PDT by grundle
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To: Cronos

Yawn.


3 posted on 08/04/2012 10:50:38 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Cronos

Will all the messages, contacts and what not in my hotmail account be automatically saved to the new Outlook service? If not, this will suck.


4 posted on 08/04/2012 11:02:54 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Cronos
I use Hotmail as my main junk account — the one I use for speed-bump registrations. Right now, it has 47,757 unread messages in its inbox (the only time I read a message is when I have to confirm a registration).

Its user interface, both old and new, is lousy. For instance, the inbox listing only uses about two thirds of the vertical pixels available on my monitor to list messages (for those of you in Rio Linda, the purpose of an inbox listing is to list the messages in the inbox — the more the better).

I also use indiatimes.com for semi-junk. It's cool in that the URL isn't an obvious web mail account. The ads are sometimes interesting.

I use Gmail for my main account. It has a spam filter to die for. And it's just ... easy.

5 posted on 08/04/2012 11:08:30 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: fatnotlazy
Will all the messages, contacts and what not in my hotmail account be automatically saved to the new Outlook service? If not, this will suck.

You're probably OK there. I clicked to switch the the new interface just for fun — I have tons of stuff stored on Hotmail, but absolutely nothing important — and I noticed no significant change — just a slightly less busy UI.

MS would be in deep doo-doo if their change stranded existing Hotmail users. I would just laugh. But many users would be screwed blue and royally tatooed!

6 posted on 08/04/2012 11:14:24 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Cronos
"hotmail was the big thing in 1999... now it's dead. Adieu..."

While I hate to say this, IMO Hotmail would still be big if Microsoft had not gotten hold of it. They messed it up with their typical control freak mentality.

IMO, Microsoft lost their way back with the Netscape debacle. They need to get back to "build a BETTER mouse trap" ideology instead of "we are going to have the ONLY mouse trap", which is not going to happen.

7 posted on 08/04/2012 11:16:46 PM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: cynwoody

One “account” I use is mailinator.com. It is a completely open account, so anyone can just check anyone else’s email without passwords, but it is great for making up a temporary email account name to log onto a site. For example if you need an email to read a full article, just make up a mailinator name, give it, look for any confirmation email there and then forget you ever had the account. The also keep a pool of other domain names for those sites than reject mailinator addresses.


8 posted on 08/04/2012 11:19:38 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: Cronos

Bookmark


9 posted on 08/04/2012 11:21:42 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Cronos

I’m glad I have my own domain. I pity folks who have to change their e-mail address every few years. And business cards, all your friends’ address books, letterheads, etc., etc....


10 posted on 08/04/2012 11:34:44 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: All

my outlook still show the ugly links to MSM and Live at the top left. Anyone know how to get those removed


11 posted on 08/04/2012 11:35:17 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: KarlInOhio

Re: Mailinator...ditto that. It’s a great and free service.


12 posted on 08/04/2012 11:35:38 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: KarlInOhio
One “account” I use is mailinator.com.

I'll have to give them a try.

A lot of times, when I hit a registration box, I have no idea if I have an account, so I attempt to register with my Hotmail address. Half the time I get in with no problem. Sometimes, I get in and get redirected to one of those account profile pages. This is usually because I first registered years ago from a totally different computer, browser, ISP, etc., and they've long since expanded their notion of a user beyond just a name and password. So, I have to make up additional personal details, such as zip code, birth date, etc. As if they are important enough to need a user base with such details. They fail to realize that the only reason I'm back is that they happened to score high in a Google SERP.

What really annoys me is these sites that want you to fill out a survey about the quality of the site. You only just landed there because of a SERP, and they want you to fill out a survey about your user experience?? What morons!

13 posted on 08/04/2012 11:43:40 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Cronos
Crap!!
Lots of Microsoft *UPGRADES* don't end well for the user.
14 posted on 08/04/2012 11:54:06 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: cynwoody

And if you use Firefox with Gmail SMTP you will never see any ads.


15 posted on 08/05/2012 12:33:32 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: TXnMA

Yep, I’ve had my own domain for a few years. It’s my primary email while Gmail is used for anything that might draw spam.


16 posted on 08/05/2012 12:36:44 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: Cronos

Their assumption that Hotmail will approach the reputation of Outlook. With Ballmer’s track record, that is less likely than that Outlook will approach the reputation of Hotmail.


17 posted on 08/05/2012 1:06:05 AM PDT by InMemoriam (The quadrillions in derivatives may be intended as an instrument of global conquest.)
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To: Cronos
I left hotmail years and years ago for gmail.

Gmail gives me 10 gig of storage and it's searchable, but their folder setup is really primitive so there's not really an easy way to organize emails.

But I'm tired of their information digging like they own my life and everything in it and I just borrow the information from them from time to time.

I'm thinking of mail.com. They have a system so that you can connect up a dozen email accounts all in one. You can also get a vanity address system. My email over there is dean@usa.com. They got like 40 different email addresses like the usa.com that can be used. but they ARE pretty heavy on the advertising.

18 posted on 08/05/2012 2:38:50 AM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica ("We have prepared for the unbeliever, whips and chains and blazing fires!" Koran Sura 76:4)
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To: Cronos

Hotmail has more users than every other webmail product, despite everyone claiming that they never use theirs.

6 million people signed up to use Outlook on its first day.

Conclusion: Hotmail is dead, and was always a terrible product?

Just more typical Microsoft bashing.


19 posted on 08/05/2012 4:09:12 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Cronos

Another way to steal information about us so they can do more and send more ADS.


20 posted on 08/05/2012 4:24:23 AM PDT by Hattie
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To: Cronos

Replacing one overly complex, nearly obsolete thing with another is always a show-stopper.


21 posted on 08/05/2012 5:01:36 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Woe to them...)
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To: Cronos

bookmark


22 posted on 08/05/2012 5:15:31 AM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta (In the last days, mockers will come with their mocking... (2 Peter 3:3))
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To: Cronos
Been using my hotmail account since 1997. I still have some emails from college on it! Will be odd to see it go.
23 posted on 08/05/2012 6:16:30 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Cronos

Outlook is a client software, not an email system.


24 posted on 08/05/2012 6:20:02 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; ShadowAce; martin_fierro; Swordmaker

I had a hotmail address once. For thirty days. It had been deleted when I went back around day 35, and never bothered with it afterward.

Thanks Cronos.


25 posted on 08/05/2012 4:28:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cynwoody; Cronos
For reasons that I've yet to understand, Hotmail is hugh in S. America.
26 posted on 08/06/2012 6:52:00 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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