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Hotmail to become Outlook.com

August 20, 2012

Microsoft recently announced that its webmail service Hotmail is due to be replaced by the brand new Outlook.com and according to the BBC the move will help tackle the problem of ‘cluttered’ inboxes.

But on simply hearing the name ‘Outlook’ I’m filled with dread at the thought of an inbox brimming with unwanted irrelevant email intertwined with important actions from the boss that you have to carefully filter through and find! It’s fairly controversial to rename a personal consumer based email service, to something that has negative connotations with business users – but ultimately it’s a name we are all familiar with and trust.

Asides from the re-naming, Outlook.com will have lots of new features which aim to integrate email with other aspects of your online life. Outlook.com will be the first email service fully connected to social media sites, as well as Skype but what is the most important reason for this refresh? To help Microsoft wage the war against Google and Gmail of course.
Although there is no official launch date just yet, you can sign up for a preview.
I’ll be having a look around to see what’s on offer but I must admit I’m very loyal to Gmail. Even though now I have over 30,000 emails sitting in my inbox but I know I can find exactly what I’m looking for in an instant thanks to its super strong search functionality. And since I’m trying to wean myself off Facebook anyway, the social side just isn’t that attractive to me. But for some users this will be the major selling point.
It’s the first major overhaul of a web email system for a while, so it will be interesting to see how this story unfolds. If you’re a Hotmail user and have made the switch to Outlook.com, how does it compare? Let us know what you think!

Posted by Jenni Malley
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