Microsoft Launches Outlook.com to Replace Hotmail

Outlook.com logoMicrosoft has launched Outlook.com as a re-imagined version of Hotmail. You can try the preview at outlook.com

Outlook.com adds the best of Email, Contacts, Calendar, and SkyDrive, plus Instant Messaging… all in one easy place.

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Mail      People     Calendar       SkyDrive

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Outlook will carry many familiar features of Hotmail but will do the heavy-duty as well, fully supporting Exchange ActiveSync , a full Contact directory, and adding Skype Video.

Credit: Microsoft

As far as the interface, Outlook.com looks like a Metro-version of Hotmail, save , of course, the name…

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Here’s a quick walkthrough Microsoft made for those of you who want to get working with Outlook.com right away…

The Hotmail controls that pop-up when you hover over an email have gone a Metro re-design.

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Outlook Mobile ExperienceOutlook.com works beautifully on a mobile device, as shown to the left.

On a personal note, Hotmail was getting kind of of old and its design clashed with the clean look of Metro…

More info coming soon!

Why Hotmail Will Rule the World: HD Screenshots

Not only is Hotmail blazing fast right now, but it is awesome!!Instead of expanding on every feature, images will speak louder than words: HD screenshots!!!

Quick Organization: Hotmail allows you to quickly select the emails and then gives you a range of choices( from Mark as Read to a Delete, and a Not Junk function.

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Flagging: Hotmail allows you to flag messages- simply select desired messages, and click “Mark As” function at the top, then click “Flag”. The screenshot below shows you all your Flagged Messages- simply click Quick Views, then Flagged (31 items).

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Email Rules: Users can automatically tell Hotmail to direct types of messages to a certain folder or to mark them in a certain way. For instance I can create a rule such that  Emails with Attachments have been Ruled to always be Flagged .

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Adding People: Easily add people using other services, including other Windows Live Accounts…automatically search for people in the “

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Sweeping: If you see an undesirable amount of email from one sender(s), simply click Right Click and go down to the From these senders link. Next click “Delete from.” Hotmail first confirms, as seen above, and then deletes all the emails from the sender or senders you specified.

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Windows Live Profile:  If you want to share your Favorite Things besides normal email life, go to Windows Live Home and scroll down to Favorite Things. Click “Music”/”Books”/ “Movies” to add a favorite item. It then will appear in your profile.

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Connect several services to Windows Live: You can connect more than 20 services including Facebook, Picasa, and Flickr… this allows your Hotmail to display info from these services.image

Shipping Updates: If you are anguishing over an Amazon confirmation shipping, Hotmail organizes shipping updates into a Quick View by the same name. All your updates reside there.

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Hotmail Options: If Hotmail is not responding or functioning to your specifications, simply fine-tune the options to your preference: fine-tune keyboard shortcuts, Email Rules, and Account Details.

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Windows Live Themes: Your theme goes with your Hotmail, personalizing your Hotmail for free. Dynamic themes are also included….there is no reason why Hotmail shouldn’t reflect your personality.

Note: All screenshots require permission requests via email. for use of these pictures.

Bottom line: Hotmail simply smothers the competition…speed has greatly improved, and is still considered the easiest email account to use. Mark my words, Hotmail is taking the world by storm.

Windows Live Hotmail and SkyDrive : Security done right

These images are taken straight from my desktop: so they are the real thing

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I happened to get a junk mail- Hotmail immediately flags the message with a yellow banner; then it  locks down on attachments, links , and pictures. Hotmail uses the proprietary Microsoft technology used in Internet Explorer browsers

 

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Windows Live Home provides me with quick bullet points: Social Updates( Twitter/Facebook), Flagged Messages, and Messenger Social. The Home also allows me to interact with Messenger right away by posting comments or deleting them from the home. How does this apply for security: Messages that you  wanted to give another glance and were flagged, will be easily viewable. You can jump in to your Twitter emails and follow, report spam, or any other security concern through the provided links.

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In this screenshot, I am uploading some Black Ops photos to my Windows Live SkyDrive photo album… the level of security can be seen in the below screenshot, where SkyDrive asks me how I want to share this photos and what restrictions I make.

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Apple iCloud: Far from Perfect    Windows 8 Unveil at BUILD conference