Outlook.com: Can ditching Hotmail help fend off Gmail and Yahoo?
Microsoft announces a new email client, Outlook.com. One million people sign up in the first six hours.
MicrosoftÂ introduced a new email client Tuesday called Outlook.com, a personal version of its already widely used brand.
Outlook.com isÂ MicrosoftâsÂ latest stab at an email service and essentially replaces Hotmail as the companyâs primary email service.
âWe realized that we needed to take a bold step, break from the past and build you a brand new service from the ground up,âÂ MicrosoftÂ said in a post. âNow, in addition to a desktop application and a service for businesses, weâre offering Outlook as a personal email service â Outlook.com.â
MicrosoftÂ said Outlook.com is a âmodern email designed for the next billion mailboxes.â
âIn the Outlook.com inbox, your personal email comes alive with photos of your friends, recent status updates and tweets that your friend has shared with you, the ability to chat and video call,âÂ MicrosoftÂ said.
The cloud-based new service will sync usersâ email, contacts and calendar across various devices. Outlook.com also includes free Office Web Apps, so users can open and edit attachments from their inboxes. The Redmond, Wash., company is also addressing the issue of cluttered in-boxes by sorting messages depending on who theyâre from.
The service is free andÂ MicrosoftÂ says it has âvirtually unlimited storage.â
Hotmail users can easily launch the new client by going into their options menu and clicking âUpgrade,â according toÂ Microsoft. They can also acquire a new â@outlook.comâ email address if they wish.
âThis will let you use both services for now, but we think that over time, most people will prefer Outlook.com,â the company said.