Outlook.com hits 10 million users, SkyDrive gets updated

Not that long ago, Microsoft took the covers off of its new email service, Outlook.com and since then, users have been flocking to the platform to the tune of over 10 million users to date. The tremendous growth indicates that the consumer approves of the new domain and the features that come with it. We did an extensive hands on with the new service which you can read about here: Everything You Need to Know About Outlook.com.

During the reveal, we also highlighted SkyDrive's update UI as well and Neowin got its hands on the new Metro modern UI for the SkyDrive web app and came away pleased with the improved workflow and matching decor when compared to Outlook.com which you can read about here.

Over on the Inside Skydrive blog, Chris Jones gave even more information about the upcoming Skydrive changes. SkyDrive apps are officially coming out of the preview stage with Chris saying:

Over the past months, we’ve shared our approach to building versatile personal cloud storage that can scale to a billion people. Today, we’re excited to announce the next step towards that vision, and how this brings the SkyDrive desktop apps out of preview:

  • SkyDrive.com - New, modern design for desktop and tablet browsers with instant search, contextual toolbar, thumbnail multi-select, drag-and-drop organization, and HTML5 sorting
  • SkyDrive for Windows desktop & OS X - Faster uploads for people around the world and tons of bug and performance improvements under the hood
  • SkyDrive for Android - A new app that lets you access, upload and share from Android phones
  • SkyDrive for developers – Apps built using our SkyDrive API can now store or access any type of file in a person’s SkyDrive, plus there's a new, easy-to-use file picker API for websites (similar to our file picker for Windows 8 apps)

 

The post over on the SkyDrive blog goes into incredible detail about all of the new changes and has something for everyone (consumers and developers). Of course, you can watch the video above as well to get a fantastic look at what the updated platform will offer too.

You can check now to see if you have the new SkyDrive updates but know that the update is rolling out over the next 24 hours, so be patient. 

Finally, Neowin got a nice shoutout on the blog for our hosting (and your asking) the Outlook.com team anything. The team is still pouring over your questions and digging up the answers but stay tuned, that post will be up shortly. 

Source: Microsoft

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SkyDrive may have got an update. But MS still did nto let me have something like Windows Live Mesh yet. they really need to add this to make sky Drive something via-able replacement to WLM

the worst feature i noticed was: to delete something you have to click the "manage" titile, then find delete in the submenu

jasonon said,
the worst feature i noticed was: to delete something you have to click the "manage" titile, then find delete in the submenu

No you don't

Click the check box and you get the option to delete. Another way to do it is hover your mouse over the email and click the trash icon.

Hopefully, detecting changes on synced files is faster on the update while it's running. I don't want to restart SkyDrive everytime some frequently changed files (text files) are updated.

I moved away from it until I can select which folders to sync with each computer. Something that both Google Drive and Drop Box can do.

Leopoldo Dante Rodriguez said,
Someone explain to me please is that just a mock up IE browser or a real product? Cause I seriously like the IE browser in the video.

I think is IE10.

Leopoldo Dante Rodriguez said,
Someone explain to me please is that just a mock up IE browser or a real product? Cause I seriously like the IE browser in the video.

Mockup

Leopoldo Dante Rodriguez said,
Someone explain to me please is that just a mock up IE browser or a real product? Cause I seriously like the IE browser in the video.
Just a mockup, like in any other Microsoft Videos.

Calum said,

It would be better if there was a more direct way to contact a member of the Outlook.com team. I understand that might not be feasible of them, but the support doesn't seem to be very good right now.

Made the same mistake, what I did was rename the new account to some random numbers, deleted the new email, then deleted the account. In my old account created/used the emails I deleted from the old account, it worked!

The problem with Hotmail they switch domain very often. @live.com,@hotmail.com not @outlook.com... seriously??? stick with one and provide good service.

still1 said,
The problem with Hotmail they switch domain very often. @live.com,@hotmail.com not @outlook.com... seriously??? stick with one and provide good service.

All domains are still available to sign up with and use. Just because MS gets a new one doesn't mean that you have to migrate

Sraf said,

All domains are still available to sign up with and use. Just because MS gets a new one doesn't mean that you have to migrate

I am not going to signup but different domain is asking for inconsistency

still1 said,

I am not going to signup but different domain is asking for inconsistency


What? It's just giving you the option. If you like live.com, use it. If you like hotmail.com, use that

still1 said,

I am not going to signup but different domain is asking for inconsistency


@hotmail and @live are terrible names for an email address's domain, in my opinion, but @outlook sounds pretty nice. I don't think they should "stick with one" for consistency, if it can be improved. Not just that, but as the service was renamed from Windows Live Hotmail to Outlook.com, allowing new email addresses with @outlook.com in them makes sense from a consistency point of view. As "Windows Live Hotmail" and "Hotmail" were both terrible names, in my opinion, a rebrand was a good idea.

-Razorfold said,

What? It's just giving you the option. If you like live.com, use it. If you like hotmail.com, use that

its not about me.... did you see 3 post below mine... people having confusions signing up for outlook.com but didn't wanted it that way but only needed hotmail.com migrated to look like outlook.com..
too many confusion for average users.

still1 said,

its not about me.... did you see 3 post below mine... people having confusions signing up for outlook.com but didn't wanted it that way but only needed hotmail.com migrated to look like outlook.com..
too many confusion for average users.

Funny, since I very clearly remember a time when giving users a variety of domains to choose from when signing up for webmail was a highly valued feature.

Gmail is pretty unique in not doing this.

still1 said,

I am not going to signup but different domain is asking for inconsistency

other email services can offer you a domain choice, or even let you use your own purchased domain, I don't see what the difference is?

neufuse said,

other email services can offer you a domain choice, or even let you use your own purchased domain, I don't see what the difference is?

It's way simpler to see "Oh hey outlook.com is Microsoft's email domain, just like gmail.com is Googles, and yahoo.com is Yahoo's"

But instead Microsoft has Hotmail, Live, and now outlook. They can never pick one name and stick with it.

andrewbares said,

It's way simpler to see "Oh hey outlook.com is Microsoft's email domain, just like gmail.com is Googles, and yahoo.com is Yahoo's"

But instead Microsoft has Hotmail, Live, and now outlook. They can never pick one name and stick with it.


Would you really prefer a @hotmail address to a @outlook.com address? That's what you'd have to have if you wanted to use Hotmail or Outlook.com and Microsoft had originally "stuck with it."

still1 said,

its not about me.... did you see 3 post below mine... people having confusions signing up for outlook.com but didn't wanted it that way but only needed hotmail.com migrated to look like outlook.com..
too many confusion for average users.

you're really not making much sense. all i hear is unwarranted complaining.

still1 said,

its not about me.... did you see 3 post below mine... people having confusions signing up for outlook.com but didn't wanted it that way but only needed hotmail.com migrated to look like outlook.com..
too many confusion for average users.

<snipped>

Signing up for a totally new account suddenly means your stuff will be copied over? What? Since when has that ever been the case? All you have to do is login at outlook.com and it asks you if you want to switch over. And hell there's even a nice little warning before you sign up:

If you use Hotmail, SkyDrive, Xbox LIVE, or have a Windows Phone, you already have a Microsoft account. Sign in

Bit hard to miss tbh. Maybe those people complaining should just learn to read.

Edited by Calum, Aug 15 2012, 8:20am :

Outlook.com is very impressive. I setup my other email accounts to be routed to Outlook.com's service. Now Sky Drive looks very impressive. Can't wait to test drive it.

Edit: Google's GMail now looks dated .

dbam987 said,
Outlook.com is very impressive. I setup my other email accounts to be routed to Outlook.com's service. Now Sky Drive looks very impressive. Can't wait to test drive it.

Edit: Google's GMail now looks dated .

Dont worry, wont be long before google copies outlook.com....

efjay said,

Dont worry, wont be long before google copies outlook.com....

previously Hotmail looked like **** and the new Gmail looked way better. I don't think Google copied anything.

andrewbares said,

previously Hotmail looked like **** and the new Gmail looked way better. I don't think Google copied anything.

Well, the most recent Gmail update was pretty much a *yawn*. I would like Gmail more if it had a reading/preview pane (like Outlook and other modern desktop email clients) and a better photo viewer.

Shadrack said,
I would like Gmail more if it had a reading/preview pane (like Outlook and other modern desktop email clients)
Gmail > Settings > Labs > For "Preview Pane", select "Enable" > Save Changes.

dogmai79 said,
I don't know if you're saying that they're rolling out the update for SkyDrive. It hasn't updated for me. Please clarify.

I'm not seeing it yet either, but I'm going to guess we'll see it by the end of today.

Edit: From the source: "With the update to SkyDrive.com that's rolling out over the next 24 hours"

dogmai79 said,
I don't know if you're saying that they're rolling out the update for SkyDrive. It hasn't updated for me. Please clarify.

The 2nd to the last paragraph in the article states that the update is rolling out in the next 24 hours.

dbam987 said,

The 2nd to the last paragraph in the article states that the update is rolling out in the next 24 hours.

Does anyone read anything else besides titles these days?