Microsoft wants you to switch to Outlook.com, will remind you next week


Starting next week, users of Hotmail will begin to see a concentrated effort to get them to switch to Outlook.com, Microsoft’s new premier email service.  It should come as no surprise that Microsoft will be looking to move users from Hotmail.com to Outlook.com as the latter platform represents Microsoft’s future.

David Law, Microsoft’s director of product management for Outlook.com, spoke to our good friends at The Next Web and stated that starting next week, users of Hotmail will begin to see messages to make the switch to Outlook.com in place of advertisements. Essentially, instead of seeing a traditional banner advertisement, you will see a message to get your butt over to Outlook.com.

Outlook.com has been growing by leaps and bounds with the team recently announcing that they have more than 25 million registered accounts. On top of that, the service is also rolling out a new Archive option which should now be live for your account. In addition, Microsoft also expanded the color options that you can select to theme your inbox.

We are curious about how many users have converted from Hotmail.com to Outlook.com as Hotmail has been around since the beginning of time. We should note that you can switch to the new platform without losing your Hotmail.com email account but at the same time, if you have been using prettyflyguy@hotmail.com since you were 13 years old, it might be time to get a proper address.

While the campaign to get users to switch may start next week, the image you see at the top of this post did hit our inbox early this morning and tried to convince us to switch from Hotmail to Outlook.com. We do find this a bit odd as we are already using Outlook.com and the account was created specifically for that platform and was never linked to a Hotmail address.

Source: The Next Web

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Im really happy with the @outlook.com addresses I got (thanks to the news article on Neowin)

The only thing that worries me is that @Outlook.com is just another one of Microsoft's temporary brands. I know the Outlook name is valued, but then so was the Hotmail and Windows Live.

I don't want to move from a stable address to something that MS is only backing until they get another idea.

Hopefully they change the link on the Bing page from Hotmail to Outlook.
I didn't read much of this, but I hope that this just means the site, not the email address.
I've been using the Outllook site for awhile now, but kept using my live.ca address, which I kinda like.

While they have done great things with the new outlook mail, I would not even consider using it until they have 2 factor authentication and the ability to have a password much longer than the current 16 character limit allows.

Outlook.com just looks great! Been using it from the first day on and hotmail was out of my mind with a finger snap.

Although i'm very pleased with the new layout, somethings are inherited from hotmail. The annoying refresh when you log on, and the annoying 'i don't want to refresh automatically when you come back' attitude. Never the less it's very easy to use, and skydrive is very wel integrated. Can't wait to see the 'new look' in the calender as well

Yeah, its like everything Microsoft is doing anymore is catering to their tablet. Thats why outlook.com looks so crappy and blah.

Microsoft has to literally PAY people to use Bing. Then all the news sites will pretend that Bing is doing so well, when they leave out the major fact that Microsoft is paying people to use Bing.

You keep your original email address but the layout changes. You can also add an alias so you receive emails at x@outlook.com as well as your normal address. You cannot log in using the new address though.

tell me if i am wrong!!!!!
my email id is xyz@live.com, if i dnt upgrade to outlook.com and in the end microsoft forces my account to get upgraded, i ll still be recieving mails if some1 mails me to---->xyz@live.com and not xyz@outlook.com?????
what i guess is, @hotmail/live/msn.com accounts ll be able to recieve messeges, and its just that while opening a new account, there will be no options to make it with @hotmail/live/msn, and u ll only be able to make it with @outlook.com.

please, someone confirm this to me??

sibu said,
tell me if i am wrong!!!!!
my email id is xyz@live.com, if i dnt upgrade to outlook.com and in the end microsoft forces my account to get upgraded, i ll still be recieving mails if some1 mails me to---->xyz@live.com and not xyz@outlook.com?????
please, someone confirm this to me??

I have basically the same question. If I switch from "myemail@hotmail.com" to "myemail@outlook.com", will I still receive emails send to "myemail@hotmail.com " after the switch?

guys don't think of it as an email address issue. just use any email address you already have anywhere you want as you usually do but remember that the http://www.hotmail.com web site interface is going to be replaced with the http://www.outlook.com interface site. So its simple if you go to the old site with whatever email you wanna use you will be redirected to the new site.
Simple I'm not sure why so many people are posting confusing comments.
And the new site will do pretty much the exact same as the old one so no worries there either.

No one is gonna randomly ave their hotmail accounts taken away or changed on them !
That is not what this news is about.. Myself i have @hotmail, @live, @outlook
and nothing is changing.. my bookmark to login to the Hotmail site i bookmarked a couple years ago redirects me to hotmail on accounts i havn't changed over yet or to out.com for accounts i have changed over.
So its a a web site thing really not an email address thing

I don't appreciate Microsoft trying to force feed everyone that Metro GARBAGE on everyone some people don't like that design. If they do force the change I'm going to close my hotmail account and start using gmail or even my old yahoo account

Wow dude, no wonder why you don't have any replies. You're not getting the point of netiquette. First off, never use all caps in a word. And dude, everyone hated the Hotmail design. I even hated it. That's why I've always been using my Gmail email account. The new design of Outlook is awesome! You haven't even tried it yet. So why don't you try it out? And one more thing, metro is awesome once you get used to it

I used it and didn't like it and reverted back to the old one , and how hard is to grasp that ----people have different preferences---- and I my friend don't like metro and will forever not like it, they may try to force me to use it but I will not, fortunately there are a lot of email clients so no big deal but how would you like it if "since you like metro" that they would take it away and replace it with something you don't like how would you react. You were lucky that you liked this change good for you but please do not include me in the list of if I use it I will like it, if something is good you don't need to try it for months it is good at the beginning otherwise it is called numbing the senses to make it passable.

I am not switching. I don't like the Outlook.com interface in terms of design - it looks too bland.

Let me know when I can draft an email on my Windows Phone and continue it on my desktop in outlook.com. FIX THE SYNCHRONIZATION OF DRAFT FOLDERS PLEASE!

I don't get why people need this, why would you want to draft an email just to finish it later? Email on mobile is designed for quick and easy access, not to start writing a long ass email just to finish it on the PC later.

IMHO there is no need for long emails on phones and hence this whole Draft thing is kinda useless,

It's a bit confusing at the moment , as far as I can tell if you are 'converting' an old hotmail address to outlook , the outlook becomes an alias , and the old hotmail address remains as your primary so surely it can never be deleted!

Does that read write or have I misunderstood what's happening here?

So will you be able to incorporate POP addresses in Outlook.com? Makes me wonder if that is the case...then maybe MS is looking to remove Outlook from their Office lineup.

I got a hotmail email address, but don't use it a lot, I got it for messenger, but since Ms is going to get rid of messenger, not much point in keeping the hotmail, live, Microsoft account or what ever they want to call it now. If they force me to outlook, which I think looks almost as bad as windows 8 Metro UI, then I will just close the account. i don't use the Metro UI on windows 8, so not having a Microsoft account is not going to be a problem for me.
i got a Yahoo email account and they tried to swop me over to their new service, but I have so far stayed with the old service, again if they forced me, I would close it down, another email address I don't use that much.

Kamran Mackey said,
You have to keep your Microsoft account if you want to use Windows 8...And you should use the new Yahoo! Mail. It's plain amazing.

That is incorrect. You don't "have" to keep it to use windows 8, no one is forcing you. However, for windows RT it is for the most part a requirement.

In Adrian's case, it is not needed.

The feedback i'm reading througth the internet, for outlook.com, is good!
Everyone seems to like it more, over hotmail.
I think MS should just simply force the upgrade to everyone! No questions asked, just upgrade everyones hotmail to outlook...the internet rumour say, it will be liked!

Is it fully ready? I don't think so. Calendar has not been updated and they have not released all the features that are suppose to come in Outlook.com. You want people to switch, but you all are not even ready.

I'd say it's fully ready. The Calendar section doesn't have the Metro UI, but it still works as usual from the new outlook.com domain. Kudos for Microsoft for adopting this UI across all platforms.... eventually.

My biggest concern about making the switch is for people like myself who happen to use Windows Phone. What will happen to all the setting I already have that have been configured to use a @Hotmail.com address?

You can still use @Hotmail.com on the new outlook.com domain. Sign-ons don't have to change. However, I switched my Microsoft email from @msn.com to @outlook.com. It's just more professional.

BUT! Before you do, there are some caveats for Windows Phone users. You may want to Bing that.

This is all about the website guys, the email address's aren't being effected currently, Hotmail will still work along with Live.com etc

Until they add two-step authentication, I won't be using it for anything other than junk mail. These Microsoft accounts are so easy to hack, no matter how strong your password is, you can still get hacked. I've put in crazy passwords that require serious write down to even recall and fake security information of equal strength that makes zero human sense and I've still been hacked. Several other people have had similar issues to the point where their only option was to completely create a new account and hope that way stays untouched. GMail only for me for now.

(And yes, I've checked for keyloggers. In fact, even a fresh re-install of Windows with 0 software installed for weeks and it would still happen, so it's not any malicious software on my end, it's some sort of security flaw/social engineering flaw on the MS end)

I, for one, don't believe anything you just said. Why? Because the proper term is "two-factor authentication".

two-step authentication, for its part, is really just putting a CAPTCHA challenge on a secondary page for a human to decipher...

two-factor authentication requires a secondary device (i.e. smartphone/SMS or RSA key fob) which allows the sign-in service to know you have more than just a password.

I'd agree with NAS. I've had a Hotmail account since it's inception and it's never been "hacked". The teens I mentor that have claims of being hacked have always had a flaw in their password scheme.

he may have a point though ?
my password for my hotmail account was 18 chars long with symbols upper and lower etc and after upgrading to outlook and trying to log in i was informed my password was too long and that it can not exceed 16 chars. so i copied in my password minus 2 chars and i was logged in..
Does that sound smart ? lol

And just cause the guy didn't use the right terminology doesn't mean anything..

Although I find it doubtful anyone is gonna get hacked if they use a good password but on the other hand there has ALWAYS been paid hacker services that will take an account for cash.. FB / hotmail whatever.. and i would be willing to be there is a social engineering angle involved in there somewhere most likely.
Its amazing what a little sob story will get you if you call xyz and play stupid lol
Hell even employees could farm out illegal services.. I had a contact that would erase huge bills at an extremely high profile huge company for a fee.. myself and others i know did it and years later never had a problem. Pays to have some evil friends that will do bad things for a buck

.Neo said,
Microsoft can't just "flip the switch" themselves?

They will eventually, right now just letting people switch when they are ready to adapt to the change. im guessing they switch everyone in January.

Anyone else noticing a lot of delayed delivery notifications to hotmail accounts in the last week or so that haven't been 'upgraded'?

NPGMBR said,
I thought they were gonna move everyone automatically at some point
They are. Right now, they're giving users the opportunity to switch themselves to adjust at the own pace instead of randomly being surprised. Most sites do this as a way to test the waters before going full force.

If I make the switch, what will happen with all the sites that I'm subscribed to using @hotmail.com mail? Do I have to change it in every website and service? Sounds like a great hassle to me.

They didn't make it very clear..there's two different things you can do. You can switch your email to @outlook.com which then completely takes away the old Hotmail interface and changes your email address to @outlook.com. Or you can switch where you read your email to outlook.com which changes the interface and leaves your email address alone. I'm not switching to @outlook.com because I don't want the nightmare which is redoing my windows phone and every site I've signed up for with my @Hotmail.com email addy. But I switched to the outlook.com interface when they first released it. Click on Options, click on Upgrade to Outlook.com, hit the button, it'll switch the interface over by leave your email addy alone.

xankazo said,
If I make the switch, what will happen with all the sites that I'm subscribed to using @hotmail.com mail? Do I have to change it in every website and service? Sounds like a great hassle to me.
Nope, you don't have to change your email address. Mine is still @hotmail.com, but I get the outlook.com interface.

Hm. They should just move all users over to the new interface soon. The longer they stick with Hotmail the more people will stick with it.

I always suggest people try Outlook, and most do, but many don't like it strangely enough.

I think it's good that they're moving people toward outlook.com. Think about it, really. Hotmail? What is that about? It's not hot - maybe they originally came up with the name when e-mail was relatively a new thing, and it could be termed 'hot' because it was so fast, almost instantaneous. But now, in 2013 (almost), it just sounds kind of cheesy.

The original service was called HoTMaiL (HTML email). MSFT bought that service in the late-90's for a nice price (and have reaped boundless rewards from the technology). As with anything with MSFT corporate support, they've kept it alive globally forever... and here we are today: they have finally rolled out a brand-spanking-new platform (Outlook.com) which aims to rival and exceed the technology that powers Hotmail.

IMAP and Mac client please!

IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP
IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP
IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP
IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP IMAP

:->

Exchange 2013 has an updated IMAP protocol, and Office For Mac 2011 re-introduced Outlook for Mac. Only time will tell if MSFT applies the updated IMAP protocols onto the Outlook.com service.

bdsams said,
...but why imap? Doesnt EAS fill that need?
Because IMAP is an open Internet standard protocol and EAS is a proprietary protocol?

tiagosilva29 said,
Because IMAP is an open Internet standard protocol and EAS is a proprietary protocol?

Please enlighten me why the open standard IMAP which is slower, feature limited and often unreliable should be considered over EAS?

Are they trying to go away from the Hotmail brand? I know I can keep my address but I'm wondering if they don't want to use it anymore?

Mainer82 said,
Are they trying to go away from the Hotmail brand? I know I can keep my address but I'm wondering if they don't want to use it anymore?

Yeah, the Hotmail brand is pretty much dead. It's all about Outlook baby.

I've had a @hotmail.com email address since 1997. I don't use it as my primary email because of spam, but the spam has since gone down. I've linked it to @outlook.com. Will Microsoft shutdown @hotmail.com email addresses?

Davin Peterson said,
I've had a @hotmail.com email address since 1997. I don't use it as my primary email because of spam, but the spam has since gone down. I've linked it to @outlook.com. Will Microsoft shutdown @hotmail.com email addresses?

I highly doubt they'll shut down @hotmail.com addresses because that would be too much hassle for users who especially have business cards and stuff. Instead they'll just prevent users from registering new @hotmail.com addresses and use the new @outlook.com addresses.

j2006 said,

I highly doubt they'll shut down @hotmail.com addresses because that would be too much hassle for users who especially have business cards and stuff. Instead they'll just prevent users from registering new @hotmail.com addresses and use the new @outlook.com addresses.

They are keeping @Hotmail.com and @Live.com as email alias options. @msn.com is no longer available.

Davin Peterson said,
I've had a @hotmail.com email address since 1997. I don't use it as my primary email because of spam, but the spam has since gone down. I've linked it to @outlook.com. Will Microsoft shutdown @hotmail.com email addresses?

no and they never have before so i wouldn't worry about that.
my hotmail emails some go to the old site still but some go to the new outlook site.. nothing is changing except we'll be redirected to outlook if you login the the hotmail web site address.
I have no complaints about te new outlook site either i be most people will like it.. Although i have only read some mails and sent a few other than that i have no idea..

i got this, this morning and it was through my outlook upgraded inbox.
I think it is much better and faster. The old design was ok but for slower computers it was terrible.

Are they not planning to upate Hotmail to Metro UI? Last I heard they are?? Can anyone tell any info this regard.

Zlip792 said,
Are they not planning to upate Hotmail to Metro UI? Last I heard they are?? Can anyone tell any info this regard.

It's already there, Outlook.

Zlip792 said,
Are they not planning to upate Hotmail to Metro UI? Last I heard they are?? Can anyone tell any info this regard.
Hotmail is renamed to Outlook.com, but your @hotmail.com address will still work on Outlook.com, which has the awesome Metro UI.

j2006 said,
Hotmail is renamed to Outlook.com, but your @hotmail.com address will still work on Outlook.com, which has the awesome Metro UI.

Kinda funny.. I like the outlook site design and it works great but having the look twisted to fit into a desktop gui i think looks and functions like garbage !
awesome ? mmmm maybe for a tablet or a phone ?

I already made the switch, the Outlook team did a great job applying the Windows design language. They should have designed Windows 8's desktop UI as well.

Dushmany said,
ok, does this mean hotmail will be shut down?
Also what about windows live mail, how will this affect users who use that?
It won't shut down, it'll just transition you to the new site automatically eventually. Your account will still work fine in your email clients like Live Mail.

j2006 said,
It won't shut down, it'll just transition you to the new site automatically eventually. Your account will still work fine in your email clients like Live Mail.

Ah, ok thanks

I just got an email about this a few minutes ago. Funny thing is that it was sent to my outlook.com email....

1Pixel said,
I just got an email about this a few minutes ago. Funny thing is that it was sent to my outlook.com email....
Similar, I use outlook.com (already had switched), but my email ends in @hotmail.com