Microsoft: Outlook.com now has 25 million users

"Thank-you very much" - Microsoft

At the end of July, Microsoft launched the public beta of Outlook.com, its new online email service. Today, Microsoft announced that since the beta launch, there are now over 25 million active users on Outlook.com.

The official Outlook blog also claimed today that one third of the users of Outlook.com were also active subscribers to Gmail. Microsoft said they hired a research team to recruit hundreds of current Gmail users to show them the the features of Outlook.com. Microsoft claims, "The best part was, after spending just five days with it, 4 out of 5 of these Gmail users said they would switch to Outlook.com."

Microsoft also announced a number of upcoming features that would be added to Outlook.com in the next few weeks, including a one click Archive button designed to quickly place emails in an archive folder. A number of new keyboard shortcuts will also be added, as well as some new color themes. Microsoft added:

We added the ability to toggle between "Reply" and "Reply All" as the default option. We also heard that, after deleting a message, some people want to return to their inbox and others want to see the next message. Now you can set that default option, too. Both options are available via the Options page.

The company also revealed that it has launched a new Android app for Outlook.com. Microsoft released the app so that Android owners can sync their emails to their devices since many of them don't support Outlook.com's Exchange ActiveSync features.

Source: Outlook blog | Images via Microsoft

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I love it and use it everyday, got 3 accounts working in one so I am set, also big user of Skydrive so they really sold their product to me

Shame they seem to have stalled a bit in the development.

Although the listed new features are great, why not get a proper app or rebrand the Hotmail one instead of bringing out one which is near on the same. Hotmail app works fine BTW.

Said it just above but when they allow sending through a different SMTP server, only then will I be able to fully switch. I'd probably adopt Windows Phone 8 too but for now, Android is better as that is where my emails are at.

Didn't win me over. I tried to integrate my GMail address into the Outlook.com interface but was never satisfied with the results. Didn't like the from field from my emails to have "on behalf of", and didn't like how there was no IMAP support to keep my emails in sync with gmail (encase I ever wanted to go back).

The "on behalf of" was one of the ideas I asked in their Q&A thread.
They didn't really tell us too much in the video reply so it's still an open verdict.

For me, it is the ONLY thing that stops me from switching as I want to be able to seemlessly send email "from" my website address using Outllook.
Gmail allows me to by sending mail through my website's server so the "on behalf of" never shows.

I use the mail app on W8 when I'm home but I do enjoy using Outlook at the office. It's very clean anf fast. In some ways it uses the modern UI better than Windows 8. It's how I imagine a modern Windows' desktop should look like.

I like outlook.com, but like all web mail services it is fundamentally flawed. web apps are laggy and although outlook is much less laggy that horrible gmail, both are rotten to the core by the clumsy nature of the web.

I much prefer native app experiences like thunderbird on pcs and native clients on phones.

web mail FTL.

neonspark said,
I like outlook.com, but like all web mail services it is fundamentally flawed. web apps are laggy and although outlook is much less laggy that horrible gmail, both are rotten to the core by the clumsy nature of the web.

I much prefer native app experiences like thunderbird on pcs and native clients on phones.

web mail FTL.

Use office outlook with outlook connector or windows live mail. They utilize microsoft's proprietary deltasync protocol to connect to hotmail/live/outlook, and work great.

neonspark said,
I like outlook.com, but like all web mail services it is fundamentally flawed. web apps are laggy and although outlook is much less laggy that horrible gmail, both are rotten to the core by the clumsy nature of the web.

You do realise that many metro apps are HTML5/Javascript? And that the IE10 engine is what renders these apps? Many Android apps are also made with web technology. Outlook.com never lags for me, ever.

If it lags for you then it has nothing to do with it being on the web. it's just the fact that you're using a crappy browser with poor GPU acceleration, or you're simply using a underpowered device.

Can they please update the damn calendar part. It looks horrible going from something new to old. It has been months since the release of Outlook.com

Took the words out of my mouth. Everything else looks stylish except for the calender.
I hope they fix it (there is nothing wrong with it, it just feels OLD)

JSYOUNG571 said,
Can they please update the damn calendar part. It looks horrible going from something new to old. It has been months since the release of Outlook.com

JSYOUNG571 said,
Can they please update the damn calendar part. It looks horrible going from something new to old. It has been months since the release of Outlook.com

Not that I ever use it, but yeah it looks damn right awful!

JSYOUNG571 said,
Can they please update the damn calendar part. It looks horrible going from something new to old. It has been months since the release of Outlook.com
While I also agree a metro Calendar web app is much needed, Outlook.com is still in beta.

The Outlook app for Android looks awful. It follows none of the app guidelines, its just a rebranded version of their equally horrible Hotmail app.

Why would I use this crap when my Outlook works with the default mail app?

McKay said,
The Outlook app for Android looks awful. It follows none of the app guidelines, its just a rebranded version of their equally horrible Hotmail app.

Why would I use this crap when my Outlook works with the default mail app?

app guidelines for android....pfffff

McKay said,
The Outlook app for Android looks awful. It follows none of the app guidelines, its just a rebranded version of their equally horrible Hotmail app.

Why would I use this crap when my Outlook works with the default mail app?

and the Google app for windows phone/ windows 8 follows all the metro guidelines and looks great /s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lachlan said,

and the Google app for windows phone/ windows 8 follows all the metro guidelines and looks great /s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Google search app for Windows 8 is pretty decent, actually.

Just use the Email app. Set up your outlook account as an Exchange account. Use m.hotmail.com as the server (or dub-m.hotmail.com). Works incredibly good.

Edit: oops, totally mis-read the OPs post

McKay said,
The Outlook app for Android looks awful. It follows none of the app guidelines, its just a rebranded version of their equally horrible Hotmail app.

Why would I use this crap when my Outlook works with the default mail app?

It does follow the guidelines, Android's guidelines. Which is to say the design is all over the place.

But I agree, they should bring the sleek UI of their Windows line to their services on competing platforms.

Ronnet said,

It does follow the guidelines, Android's guidelines. Which is to say the design is all over the place.

But I agree, they should bring the sleek UI of their Windows line to their services on competing platforms.


That is far from the Android UI guidelines.

Have a look here: http://developer.android.com/design

Facebook (even though it's slow), Foursquare, Twitter, Spotify, Dropbox and even Microsoft's own SkyDrive app are perfect examples of what a good UI looks like on Android.