Microsoft Ditches Hotmail in Favor of Revamped

Here are the top things to know about the new email service


Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) introduced Monday to replace its laughably outdated Hotmail. Here are a few things you should know about Microsoft’s new email service.

  • is still in what Microsoft is calling “preview” mode, which means you can sign up for an account and snoop around, but you won’t be able to send emails just yet.
  • Hotmail users will eventually be moved onto
  • It boasts a clean, fresh look and fewer ads than Hotmail.
  • The service offers easy connections to social media outlets such as Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter and LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD).
  • Free Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Web apps are built into the system.
  • It uses updated cloud technology that comes with  7 GB of free storage.
  • Outlook promises that users are in control of their own data and that personal conversations aren’t used for ads.
  • The new service is said to be compatible with PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones. It will even play nice with Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) many services.
  • Skype will soon be a part of the new service as well.

So far, more than 1 million users have signed up for You can read more about the service at Outlook’s blog.

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