Chris Jones Introduced outlook.com email preview on a blog post yesterday.
Outlook.com is Microsoft’s new cloud email offering for the general public. It has a much cleaner interface following in essence what they’ve done with their Windows OS and phone offerings. It’s also integrated with Skype, Microsoft Office Web Apps, and SkyDrive. I haven’t played with most of the new features, but so far I like the ability to edit and view Office documents on the fly. Outlook.com is also tightly integrated with most social networking sites.
Outlook.com connects to your mobile phone or tablet using Exchange Active Sync. So you should be able to synchronize mail, contacts, and calendars without issues.
You can sign up and create an account by going to www.outlook.com. If you have an existing Hotmail Account you can upgrade to an Outlook.com account by clicking the “Upgrade to Outlook.com” option under the “Options” menu (located on the top right of your inbox). You will be able to keep your old hotmail.com account but will be using the Outlook.com email. As with most free email services, you can also create more email aliases by going to “Create an Outlook.com Alias..” option under “More Email Settings.” The aliases can be hotmail.com, live.com, or outlook.com as long as no one else is using them.
People have reported a few issues after upgrading their hotmail.com accounts to outlook.com so tread carefully. Since my Hotmail personal account isn’t really that important, I’ve upgraded it already, and so far I haven’t had any issues.
Microsoft will eventually upgrade every user of Hotmail.com to Outlook.com. They will also do away with the Hotmail.com service. All Hotmail.com users will be allowed to keep their existing hotmail.com email. I am not sure if they will still allow you to create aliases that include Live.com and Hotmail.com. We’ll have to wait and see.
Let us know what you think if you’ve already upgraded or created a new account.