Microsoft announces Outlook.com, a brand new email service

Microsoft has been working hard over the past few months to build a new email service and they are ready to show off their hard work. The company is announcing a new email platform, Outlook.com, and Microsoft hopes that with a mature sounding domain and a few time-saving features, you will give it a try. The new email service takes a fresh look at the email experience and is changing everything from privacy and workflow, to advertisement placement and attachments to help you get things done faster with less distraction. 

You can head on over to Outlook.com now and sign up for the preview or if you currently have a Hotmail.com or Live.com email address, you can upgrade your account to the new Outlook.com by going to the "Options" menu and clicking the "Upgrade to Outlook.com"; you will only receive the new UI, not the new domain if you select the upgrade option.

The new domain is a welcomed change to Hotmail and Live as it finally gives us a professional sounding platform from Microsoft. While the company will have a tough fight to get users to switch from Gmail, Outlook.com is a colossal step forward for Microsoft's email platforms and is a serious competitor in the market.

Neowin got a chance to get our hands on the platform before it launched and put together a handy guide that details all of the new features for Outlook.com; you can find the link below.

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I like the interface, so I imported gmail contacts into outlook. However after using it for 3 days I see its too bugy at the moment and lacks too many basic features that are present in gmail. I also flashed my android device with Cyanogenmod and configured outlook instead of any google service. However more you will use it more you will discover that it lacks too many basic fearures and its 2012 not 2006 when gmail was launched. I was expecting better job from Microsoft rather than publishing half backed app. I wish to switch to outlook fulltime but looking at the current state, looks like I will need to use gmail for some more months/years till MS catch and improves it.

Wow hats down to Microsoft. I haven't logged in to my Gmail ever since they launched Outlook.com. Talk about clean end-to-end experience, including the pinned task bar icon with all the common shortcuts. Even the People app trumps Google Contacts all over. Can't wait for the updated SkyDrive and Calendar web apps as well. Good bye Google. I've even started using Bing more - another example how clean and minimal design can still be functional.

Now I`m unable to even access my Hotmail account. It says:

You're currently signed in with an Office 365 email account, which can't be used with Outlook.com. Please click here to sign out of your Office 365 account, then use another Microsoft account to sign in to Outlook.com (for example, your hotmail.com, live.com, or msn.com account).

Always been a fan of minimal looking sites. I imagine in the next 12 months we'll see a lot of websites starting to mimic the trend of solid colour. simple layout and fast loading. the web got way too bloated with gradients, effects, buttons, shadows and images all over the place.

Absolutely love the minimal design

I don't think theres a way to send email using alias on a smartphone stock Email app, or can it be done?

... and I switched back to Hotmail within five minutes.

Some complaints:
- Fonts are way to big. Users can't change font sizes. Outlook.com should have the same customization options as Gmail does in regards to fonts.
- Metro is too plain. Uninspiring. Bland.
- Fonts and colors (or Metro in general) looks slightly different across IE and Firefox. Have not tried Chrome.

can't find "Upgrade to Outlook.com" looked in the option [using my live account]

edit:

i double checked it actually automatically upgraded my account to outlook when i signed in

I was basically sleeping through this whole time and when I opened this news in morning, went to site quickly. I got <firstnamelastname>@outlook.com but somebody took <firstname>@outlook.com! Damn! I really want a <firstname>@<domain>.com email address. That's what I get for not checking Neowin before going to sleep. I check it almost everyday but yesterday night I got too sleepy.

Purchase <yourname.com> and set it up to forward the mail from that address to your new @outlook.com address.
Then set outlook to "reply from" the <you@yourname.com> address. You only need to test this "on behalf of" stuff. If outlook.com doesn't display that (will test this afternoon), then it's a winner!

Mr Spoon said,
Purchase <yourname.com> and set it up to forward the mail from that address to your new @outlook.com address.
Then set outlook to "reply from" the <you@yourname.com> address. You only need to test this "on behalf of" stuff. If outlook.com doesn't display that (will test this afternoon), then it's a winner!

Yeah, I thought about that but <myname>.com is also taken.

I wish there was no empty space on the left side "TO" area and the send link is too far from where you're writing the message. They need to fix those two things asap. (This happens when you maximize your browser.

Looking forward to the rest of the services getting the upgrade. Specifically the calendar and Skydrive. When I add appointments on my Windows phone and it syncs with Outlook.com the times sometimes change to some random time. Probably just a bug that needs to be worked out.

That Favicon looks like it's a dynamic inbox email count. Sadly its just a logo that looks like a zero. Pity.

How do you pull in Hotmail contacts, Skydrive, and other info if you created a new Outlook account? Message forwarding seems to work for new stuff, but how about all the other acount information? Been using How mail for 15 years and would hate to lose all that stuff or have to re-enter...

Hope to see an updated email client for this, as in a vast improvement on the horrible Windows Live Mail

Remember if you have a WP7 device you may need to reset your phone before you can get access back to the MP and emails.

I got my Alias created and locked in

It's really funny how positive this is being reviewed, but everyone is still bitching about Windows 8/Metro/Office whiteness, etc...

All of this unifying is fantastic I think though. One common UI across Windows, Xbox, Office, Microsoft Account, etc... very smart.

Edited by scumdogmillionaire, Jul 31 2012, 10:40pm :

I wonder if i can move from OWA to this, i dont think so, somehow OWA looks like the mix between outlook.com and old hotmail

sdgreen said,
I am impressed! Only downer is that outlook.com seems to only work IE

Works perfectly in Safari.

How do you sign out?

How do you get it to go to the next message when you delete one instead of it kicking you back to inbox? Cannot find a option.

PeterTHX said,
How do you sign out?

Same way as hotmail.com. Select your name in the top right and click the "Sign Out" option.

I use the reading pane so can't help you on the second question.

Yeah, really, really loving the interface and what appears to be the super responsiveness as well. Well done. Just signed up for an alias, so good to go there.

IMAP access is the ONLY thing which stops me moving over from Gmail.
Will see what I can play around with though.

Decided it's time to close old accounts I no longer really use and put everything into a new outlook.com account or my gmail.com account.

Luckily, my main address is just a forwarder in my website cPanel, so it's only one change to deliver them to outlook.com address.

Mr Spoon said,
IMAP access is the ONLY thing which stops me moving over from Gmail.
Will see what I can play around with though.

Decided it's time to close old accounts I no longer really use and put everything into a new outlook.com account or my gmail.com account.

Luckily, my main address is just a forwarder in my website cPanel, so it's only one change to deliver them to outlook.com address.

Microsoft seems very hell bent on the destruction of IMAP and I'm not sure why...?

Synthetic said,
Microsoft seems very hell bent on the destruction of IMAP and I'm not sure why...?

I don't mind that as long as they offer ActiveSync as an alternative.

I simply want a way so sync my desktop client (Windows Live Mail) with the browser.
So if I have read a message in the client then when I visit the browser it'll be read there too. This and synced folders and stuff.

Just got to try out that "on behalf of" which is what makes me use Gmail (which for some reason is happy sending emails from other approved addresses).

Well I created an account, not to use it as a primary, but just to see what it's all about. The UI seems pretty simple. While it looks simple I also think it looks a little ugly. But over all they did a nice job with simplicity.

One word..AMAZING..i might switch from gmail!..I just want them to get rid of the name Windows live..its fugly

Edited by SkrillexPy, Jul 31 2012, 6:59pm :

Anyone notice a way to turn an older account into an alias for a new account once both accounts already exist? (ex. Email@hotmail.com should become and alias for email@outlook.com)

LightEco said,
Anyone notice a way to turn an older account into an alias for a new account once both accounts already exist? (ex. Email@hotmail.com should become and alias for email@outlook.com)

I *guess* you can delete the hotmail account (there is a delete button somewhere), but Im pretty sure the name is 'held' for a period of time. my googling says 4 months until you can register the name back (which I guess the same applies for using it as an alias)

Julius Caro said,

I *guess* you can delete the hotmail account (there is a delete button somewhere), but Im pretty sure the name is 'held' for a period of time. my googling says 4 months until you can register the name back (which I guess the same applies for using it as an alias)


Yup 270 days, just did the same thing, so now we wait ...

Is the upgrade to outlook.com different to renaming your address to @outlook.com because from what I can tell renaming it will give you an outlook domain.

POP only? what year is this?... i was interested until then.

Also i used to use outlook.com for my Office365 account, how do i access this now? Everyone in my work place uses outlook.com to access their emails but now they dont work...

PS, i bet the web devs are having a field day.

Edited by goodbytes, Jul 31 2012, 6:01pm :

ccoltmanm said,
Haha, it says most browsers have a built in spell checker when you click spell check, except IE that is.

IE 10 has spell check now.

LOL it's not accepting the weird codes that check you're not a bot - and the audio option is just Stephen Hawking gibberish?!

Edited by wotsit, Jul 31 2012, 5:09pm :

Now the sign-up link is sending me to Hotmail which only has a sign-in option.

Even the 'Don't have a Microsoft account? Sign up now' link takes you back to that same page

#broken

Edited by wotsit, Jul 31 2012, 5:05pm :

When I try to set up a new account it tells me it is taken but I know it is not. I try sending an email to the account and it comes back rejected. Any ideas?

bankajac said,
When I try to set up a new account it tells me it is taken but I know it is not. I try sending an email to the account and it comes back rejected. Any ideas?

If it says it's taken it probably is. If emails there are being rejected, it might still be being setup.

chAos972 said,

If it says it's taken it probably is. If emails there are being rejected, it might still be being setup.

I tried to set one up for hotmail too and got the same thing six months ago. Still being set up for six months?

Smooth as butter. Created a few aliases to reserve for a full-on account when I get my Windows Phone stuff in order.

This is great. I knew I could just transfer over my hotmail account but I opened up a new one anyways... so now I have two professional emails addys (gmail and outlook) and one for newsletters and other junk (hotmail).

I do seem to get the message "We can't connect to Outlook at the moment. Please try again later. " Hopefully it's just teething problems....

jimmyfal said,
Huge deal. MS taking branding and short names seriously, I love this.

Outlook is shorter than Hotmail?

jimmyfal said,
Huge deal. MS taking branding and short names seriously, I love this.

I already have an @msn.com, can't get much shorter than that.

I really like it. I missed the start of Gmail due to a long relationship breakup and never got the email addresses i wanted (been stuck with Yahoo and Hotmail for ages). Thanks to Neowin I managed to get my preferred names as I was travelling home from work on the train.

...and still no way to get rid of that grey area on the right side of the screen to give more width to email list column and content

vanx said,
...and still no way to get rid of that grey area on the right side of the screen to give more width to email list column and content

There's a button on the top right of the e-mail content pane that's labeled "Full view" and you can resize the columns.

vanx said,
...and still no way to get rid of that grey area on the right side of the screen to give more width to email list column and content

Right hand column is for text ads

GreyWolf said,
There's a button on the top right of the e-mail content pane that's labeled "Full view" and you can resize the columns.

"Full View" removes email list column and yes, I can resize them, but having that area for nothing is a waste of width.

wotsit said,

Right hand column is for text ads

It's actually for social network feeds and social network info about your contacts that shows up when you click on an email. I have no use for it, but because of the way Microsoft created the website, it just stays there like it did for Hotmail.

It'll be good when the design is uniform through all Microsoft services. If you click on the down arrow in the top left corner (from new outlook email) Looks like Mail & People have changed to metro, calendar and SkyDrive and main account page just needs updating now

GabotrilHD said,
I guess it does not support Exchange. Any news on IMAP support, at least?

Looks like all that it supports for external emails is POP. This is a shame. I'd love to use outlook.com as an alternative to gmail.com, but I'm not abandoning my email address. Playing around with it for some time it does not appear that there is a clean way to use your @gmail.com address with the outlook.com service. My email messages are sent from some random@live.com email address with the phrase "On behalf of". POP only access means that read emails won't be in sync between Outlook.com and gmail.com. Gmail can be set to mark POPed messages as "read" but that means that I would need to point my phone to Outlook.com (does it even support ActiveSync?). So much for PUSH support as well, since POP would be delayed by 5-10 minutes.

Just not as clean as a desktop email client. I was really hoping this would be more along the lines of a desktop email client, but with a solid web interface. I still reserved my @outlook.com aliases that I may use later.... but probably not. Still, it looks like a cool interface.

Edited by Shadrack, Jul 31 2012, 5:15pm :

GabotrilHD said,
I guess it does not support Exchange. Any news on IMAP support, at least?

Exchange are Outlook.com/Hotmail are completely independent.

Outlook.com/Hotmail supports Activesync, though. Any reason you can't use that?

chAos972 said,

Exchange are Outlook.com/Hotmail are completely independent.

Outlook.com/Hotmail supports Activesync, though. Any reason you can't use that?

I think he wanted to use Outlook.com to connect to an Exchange account.

chAos972 said,

Exchange are Outlook.com/Hotmail are completely independent.

Outlook.com/Hotmail supports Activesync, though. Any reason you can't use that?

Activesync is not compatible with desktop clients.

GabotrilHD said,

Activesync is not compatible with desktop clients.

some of them it is.... win8, mac mail client, etc.

m.outlook.com
youremail@address
yourpassword

I'm using my @gmail.com as my Microsoft Account. Whenever I send email messages from outlook.com, they come as:

"hotmail_816c52e131e9cdf2@live.com; on behalf of; Shadrack <shadrack@gmail.com>"

Anyone know of a way to have the fact that I'm using Outlook.com transparent to those who receive emails from me? I can see this "on behalf of" also being scooped up by spam filters.

Really an improvement, but i still miss the tagging and in particular the autotagging that i have on the other account on gmail
do you know if there's some similar functionality? or if is planned?

fehu said,
Really an improvement, but i still miss the tagging and in particular the autotagging that i have on the other account on gmail
do you know if there's some similar functionality? or if is planned?

I'm sure they are working on it. One promising feature they have already is Outlook has a special folder dedicated to info about product shipments.

dagamer34 said,

I'm sure they are working on it. One promising feature they have already is Outlook has a special folder dedicated to info about product shipments.


Hotmail has had that feature for years now lol, it isn't new

I love this! The design of everything looks great, and the Outlook name is much better than the Hotmail name. I love the colours, especially the orange used for People.

But yet again, they have left an old favicon in the new design for the Sign Up and Sign In pages. They haven't updated the favicon; it's still the Windows Live flag. Microsoft often forget this when they update the branding of their web services I do hope that the only reason this still exists in the new design of those pages is because some of their other web services still use the Windows Live branding, and that it will change when all of their web services are fully rebranded.

So how is this going to affect our Xbox Live, Windows Phone accounts in the long run? Seems you cant change your domain without losing all your previous info, so you wont be able to have an @outlook.com email with your old profiles, right?

efjay said,
So how is this going to affect our Xbox Live, Windows Phone accounts in the long run? Seems you cant change your domain without losing all your previous info, so you wont be able to have an @outlook.com email with your old profiles, right?

On the right hand side click the "cog" goto "More Mail Settings" and select "Add an outlook alias". From there you can make an @outlook.com email address under your current Microsoft Account without having to make a new account.

Shadrack said,

On the right hand side click the "cog" goto "More Mail Settings" and select "Add an outlook alias". From there you can make an @outlook.com email address under your current Microsoft Account without having to make a new account.

Thanks, yes but I wonder if this alias will be usable anywhere other than the web interface and can be used on a WP, or to sign into Xbox live. Any idea if that will work?

efjay said,

Thanks, yes but I wonder if this alias will be usable anywhere other than the web interface and can be used on a WP, or to sign into Xbox live. Any idea if that will work?

WP has the best chance of getting alias support. The other platforms will be a crap shoot. Signing into XBox Live will require your Microsoft Account credentials. An alias is not a Microsoft Account.

Shadrack said,

WP has the best chance of getting alias support. The other platforms will be a crap shoot. Signing into XBox Live will require your Microsoft Account credentials. An alias is not a Microsoft Account.

Yes, looks like I'm going to have to just register the aliases I want and then sometime down the road rename my account to one of them when I'm setting up a new WP8 phone. As it is now I'd have to reset and lose things like texts and other data. Not holding out any hope of WP getting alias support, thanks anyway.

efjay said,
So how is this going to affect our Xbox Live, Windows Phone accounts in the long run? Seems you cant change your domain without losing all your previous info, so you wont be able to have an @outlook.com email with your old profiles, right?

You can migrate your services to a new Microsoft Account if you are no longer going to use the old Microsoft Accounts they are linked to, or if you want to consolidate your login experience like on your phone.

We had several people move XBox, Zune, Technet, MSDN, etc all to their main Microsoft Account fairly easily, and they closed down the old accounts.

There is also the option of using Aliases.

Due to the security of Microsoft Accounts, they are not easily changeable, so if you do move stuff around, have a plan and be sure you are have the main account you want, as you can only do changes and service moves every month or three month period.

You can also create a Microsoft Account with your existing email address, you are not stuck with live,hotmail,outlook,etc Using the pull email feature, you can use the Hotmail/Outlook experience and features as well. This is also a nice option for people that have very old email addresses, but the ISP or email services offered with it don't have the storage space or features of Hotmail/Outlook.

My main Microsoft Account that everything is linked through is my personal email address from my server I have had for 15 years.

I don't see how to make an outlook account...there is no signup button and if you try putting in fake info for the sign up button to appear, it asks to to create a live or hotmail account which don't work

consume said,
I don't see how to make an outlook account...there is no signup button and if you try putting in fake info for the sign up button to appear, it asks to to create a live or hotmail account which don't work

On the sign in page, look for "Don't have a Microsoft account? Sign up now"

consume said,
I don't see how to make an outlook account...there is no signup button and if you try putting in fake info for the sign up button to appear, it asks to to create a live or hotmail account which don't work

just go to outlook.com

Anyone know how to send an email from an alias account, according to the instructions

•To send email messages from this alias, click on your address (above the To line in the message) and select your alias from the list.

However my alias doesn't appear, just my main email address

Liking it so far

Munroe said,
Anyone know how to send an email from an alias account, according to the instructions

•To send email messages from this alias, click on your address (above the To line in the message) and select your alias from the list.

However my alias doesn't appear, just my main email address

Liking it so far

Nevermind, it's appeared now, just took a bit of time

Munroe said,

Nevermind, it's appeared now, just took a bit of time


you took my joy on answering your question glad you solve it

not a bad way of getting a microsoft account with a decent looking domain . the randomness of my 14 year old hotmail account on windows 8 was not appreciated lol

jordanspringer said,
This appears to work for Hotmail accounts, but not Windows Live Custom Domain accounts (Which are basically the same thing).

I have my own email address and it works just fine.

Strange... the "Upgrade to Outlook.com" option in the Options menu is absent from my Custom Domain mailbox, but is available in my Hotmail mailbox...

jordanspringer said,
Yes you can from the Options menu.

Possession said,
Yes, Settings icon > Switch to hotmail.

Thanks both

its really fast and beautiful
love the twitter and facebook feature
you can just sign in with hotmail/live account

ahhell said,
MS is doing an awesome job of unifying UIs.

I wonder why some settings on outlook.com redirect you to the old-looking hotmail.com settings page?

Vala.M.Z said,

I wonder why some settings on outlook.com redirect you to the old-looking hotmail.com settings page?

Its not fully finished/released yet. Calendar, SkyDrive, certain settings ect have not rolled out with the new design yet.

Can anyone find any options to filter messages into folders? If it has this, I might even switch over from gmail.

Mark said,
Can anyone find any options to filter messages into folders? If it has this, I might even switch over from gmail.

"Rules for sorting new messages" right with the other options. Same sorta filtering you see everything else.

Mark said,
Can anyone find any options to filter messages into folders? If it has this, I might even switch over from gmail.

Hi Mark, the ability to filter messages into folders exists in hotmail already. They're in the same place on the 'Rules for sorting new messages' page under the (top right cog) options>more settings menu.
Note: that you can also get to these rules via clicking a mail message then click sweep menu, and select manage rules...

If you have emails already, you can click one (or multiple with check boxes) and then do a sweep from the tool bar menus and create a new rule that way. Existing emails will then be moved to that folder for you as well.

Hope that helps

Mark said,
Can anyone find any options to filter messages into folders? If it has this, I might even switch over from gmail.

Try this

Options, more email settings, "rules for sorting new messages"

You can also right click on an email, click "for this sender" at the bottom

sagum said,

Hi Mark, the ability to filter messages into folders exists in hotmail already. They're in the same place on the 'Rules for sorting new messages' page under the (top right cog) options>more settings menu.
Note: that you can also get to these rules via clicking a mail message then click sweep menu, and select manage rules...

If you have emails already, you can click one (or multiple with check boxes) and then do a sweep from the tool bar menus and create a new rule that way. Existing emails will then be moved to that folder for you as well.

Hope that helps

Excellent!

Bonus question:
How do I remove that blank space when not using messenger? (Which I don't plan on doing either way)

Mark said,

Excellent!

Bonus question:
How do I remove that blank space when not using messenger? (Which I don't plan on doing either way)

The blank space on the right is where the ads are. Turn you adblocker off and refresh the page and you'll see For now they just seem to be Microsoft's internal "ads" to site features, but notice it says AdChoices at the bottom You can also adjust your AdChoices preferences from the gears logo down the bottom.

Mark said,
Can anyone find any options to filter messages into folders? If it has this, I might even switch over from gmail.

Seriously? This feature existed before GMail existed...

thenetavenger said,

Seriously? This feature existed before GMail existed...

Which just goes to show how poor the hotmail/windows live ui was!

Mark said,

Which just goes to show how poor the hotmail/windows live ui was!

To be honest, you could access the same manage rules from the sweep menu in the same place and the cog icon is simply a menu item called 'options', again in the same place.

The only real difference in this new metro outlook version is that its lost all the fluff such as pictures as backgrounds, unwanted arrows and lots of wasted space on menus that we don't really head as headers for a page.

Unfortunatly, this simplisity is what most great services start out as. Take google.com's main page and even its search results. Its getting extra fluff with every update. It used to be a ultra fast loading page that you just used to search and the results came back in a very basic view.
Now we have a loads of menus across the header of the page - don't even have a google account so its of no use to me at all, even when its trying to prompt me to make one so i can use google+.

The gmail system is just as bad, although its not changed too much, fluff is being added to it all the time too. Software developers seem to want to add fluff as well, maybe its to keep relevant or to outdoor the competition, but usually it gets bloated, useless before its too late and people move on.

.Neo said,
Nice. How do you get an @outlook.com address?

You can either create a new email address with the outlook.com or create an alias.

Click on the options symbol in the top right hand corner and select "More Email Settings"

Then choose either "Create an Outlook Alias" or "Rename your Email Address"

An alias appears to be like a new email address but gets delivered to your main email account

.Neo said,
Nice. How do you get an @outlook.com address?
Try to login in the username/password fields and if it doesn't work you're presented with a link to get an account now. From there you can get an address in the outlook.com domain.

ahinson said,
There doesn't appear to be a way currently.

I just created one.

I kinda wonder though if it's possible to get a localized account. Back in the day I was able to create an @live.nl account through some JavaScript thing (or something). Any ideas if it's possible to do the same with @outlook?

Praetor said,
so this is the same as hotmail.com but with a different GUI and domain?

You can keep your hotmail/live domain if you want and just replace the old ui with this new one, which is what I did right now.

Praetor said,
so this is the same as hotmail.com but with a different GUI and domain?

Those using LiveDomains can use this too. Mine flipped right over w/o a problem.

MrHumpty said,

Those using LiveDomains can use this too. Mine flipped right over w/o a problem.

Mine hasn't transitioned over yet, and I'm missing the button to manually do it.

I'm glad Microsoft finally got rid of those damn ads. I always thought it was extremely cheap of them to plaster their services and apps like Messenger full with it.

ShareShiz said,

Is it better than Gmail ?

I'm a Google Apps user and liking what I am seeing so far. Not ready to commit yet though. Needs more testing.

Gaffney said,
Much better than hotmail

...but still, both inferior to Gmail, unfortunately. Well, we said we like simplicity, sure, but... They removed almost everything. It's just a blank page... They're overdoing it lol. C'mon... Fully touch-orientation.

SK[ said,]

I'm a Google Apps user and liking what I am seeing so far. Not ready to commit yet though. Needs more testing.


Live/Hotmail/Outlook all seem to run on Office365 cloud services with different SLA's My guess is its about as tested as you'll ever need.

MrHumpty said,

Live/Hotmail/Outlook all seem to run on Office365 cloud services with different SLA's My guess is its about as tested as you'll ever need.

I mean personally testing to see how I get on with it =)

PC EliTiST said,

...but still, both inferior to Gmail, unfortunately. Well, we said we like simplicity, sure, but... They removed almost everything. It's just a blank page... They're overdoing it lol. C'mon... Fully touch-orientation.

What features are missing? Just because the UI is simplified, doesn't mean the functionality has been removed.

Surprised by your post, as upgrading a few 'older' friends to the new design, they were finding things they didn't know Hotmail did.

If there is stuff missing, I seriously would like to know.

outlook.com isn't new, it's been around for awhile already, this looks more like it's just a redesign of the site

it was mostly used for businesses and schools though, until now it seems

Brando212 said,
outlook.com isn't new, it's been around for awhile already, this looks more like it's just a redesign of the site

it was mostly used for businesses and schools though, until now it seems


I've had an outlook account for about 2 years. When I log in, I still get the old interface.
EDIT: I managed to upgrade my Hotmail account to Outlook, but not my other @infoexcel.edu.ro account that used outlook.com and not hotmail.com. (I couldn't even log with hotmail.com to this account because it always redirected me to outlook.com)

Edited by wolftail, Jul 31 2012, 8:29pm :

Speaking of Skydrive, I opened a new Outlook.com account then set it up to receive emails from my hotmail account with skydrive attached to it outlook.com shows 7GB of space is there a way to get my 25GB from the previous account over to the new outlook?

Does anyone know? PS for some reason I can't login to fourms here on Neowin or on with the outlook acct on microsoft blogs

ians18 said,
Speaking of Skydrive, I opened a new Outlook.com account then set it up to receive emails from my hotmail account with skydrive attached to it outlook.com shows 7GB of space is there a way to get my 25GB from the previous account over to the new outlook?

Does anyone know? PS for some reason I can't login to fourms here on Neowin or on with the outlook acct on microsoft blogs


no, there is no way to have free 25 Gb for any new account.

But instead of creating a new account, you can convert your existing account to use Outlook.com, and you can optionally change your e-mail address to @Outlook.com if you want (and your old one will stay as an alternate to the same account).

Or you can just add a new @Outlook.com alias to your existing account.

ians18 said,
Speaking of Skydrive, I opened a new Outlook.com account then set it up to receive emails from my hotmail account with skydrive attached to it outlook.com shows 7GB of space is there a way to get my 25GB from the previous account over to the new outlook?

Does anyone know? PS for some reason I can't login to fourms here on Neowin or on with the outlook acct on microsoft blogs

Under your Account settings from your 'original' account, link the new account. This associates them so you can flip between them.

If you want a universal Inbox, forward the email from the new account to the old one, and setup the email address as a alias for your 'from' email address.