Poll: 24hrs later, how do you like Outlook.com?

Outlook.com launched with much fanfare yesterday as the new email service quickly hit 1 million users. Now that the dust has settled a bit, how is the new email service working out for you? Did you have any issues registering, did you get the email address you desired or are you avoiding this platform because you are already content with your current service?  

Take our poll and let us know your thoughts in comments below. As Microsoft looks to reboot its email service, is it enough to attract your loyalty? 

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How do you like Outlook.com so far?

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I'm uber happy with outlook, couldn't be any happier. It's very clean and neat....I wish they would allow us to customize the white background as well.

-But Chrome isn't viewing outlook properly, it's breaking from the right hand side of the grey portion when viewing in maximized window.

I don't like that it says Outlook in the logo when I actually have Hotmail. It's a minute picky sticking point for me, however I prefer to see Hotmail.

I like the clean and spacious look.
I suppose those who don't like it can get creative with Stylish scripts to 'paint the blank canvas'

I like it, can't wait till they replace all of the Windows Live branding

Still only use it for hotmail email though..

Seems not to work with Opera (12.00 or 12.01, 64 bit). The links aren't clickable, nothing happens, so I get a list of messages but can't read any.

This needs more leather and paper textures!!!!!!111 I want to pretend I'm reading a real letter because my life is so boring!!!

The best change I've liked so far, that people have yet noticed is that you can multiupload files/ Before you needed each file to be uploaded separately

The web design is ok .. But without IMAP it will never be anything more than just a secondary email account for me. I signed up just to take the name I wanted so no one else could.

I love it. Nice clean interface and great social integration. Hotmail felt clunky a bit, but this feels just very very refreshing.

A colourwheel picker would be better. I'd at least like to be able to make the colours more pastel and less strain on the eyes, especially all that harsh white.

I like it so far. I'm POPing in all my gmail right now (it is taking forever.........). I plan to try and use it as my primary access point for my @gmail.com address. We'll see how it goes. If I don't like it then I'll just go back to google's website.

Loving it. I love how much faster it is, how decluttered it is, the Metro look (which, I realize, is personal preference), etc. I can hardly wait to see how they redo the Calendar and SkyDrive, as those are still showing up as the old style for me.

Also, as a Hotmail Plus user? No ads! Love that!

Can't compare to Gmail, but I'm very happy with MS compared to Yahoo, and am glad I left a few years ago.

As a Gmail user I absolutely love it and I am switching to outlook. The reason I liked Gmail over hotmail was the readability and simplicity of functions but I don't like google's privacy policy, just because I liked the look and feel I stayed Gmail until now that I can happily switch to Outlook using my hotmail account.

I like the new look, but I can't seem to add attachments to my mails
When I click the link, select a file and click open it doesn't do anything

Anybody else have this problem?

I voted "its alright" (any other place than an OS this stuff don't look that bad)
Although i won't be using it much i don't do emails
unless there is a good reason i avoid logging into to emails
regardless of what the loggin ui looks like.

i just wanted to add i could imagine so more interesting polls than this
sorry but this one is bloody boring.

How about a Windows changes related poll.
Lets see what the community thinks !
Let people have their say ,or we can ***** foot around dodging the subject ?
cue Pro Microsoft puff piece
I guess I'm crazy but the fact that so many people hate Windows 8 is NOT news worthy ?
And to top it off the news has been generated by the members of your news site lol
how much more (of a story) could be handed to Neowin on a silver platter ?

I love it so far. I was even able to create a nice email address without having to put a crazy barrage of numbers at the end. I love being first in line for stuff like this, I did the same with GMail years ago.

I like it. Nice and clean but underneath, time will tell. Better here and there so far.

Made a mistake when I signed up. Jumped the gun instead of migrating an old account.

Do you think they will allow some way of migrating an old hotmail/ live/ msn account into a new outlook account that is already made so it becomes an alias?

Fingers crossed. If they can do it while creating and migrating to a new outlook account surely they can offer it for already created outlook accounts, hopefully.

Only thing really holding me back from using it right now.

WooHoo!!! said,
Made a mistake when I signed up. Jumped the gun instead of migrating an old account.

I made the same mistake, too bad as I really wanted to use name.lastname@outlook.com

I had to settle with lastname.name@outlook.com

I cancel the first account, in 270 days it should be free to use again =P

Feels to spread out, and bland to me... its great its fast, but it just feels depressing like the UI team just didn't care so lets make it as plain as possible... the layouts are nice, but the UI just feels bland

Not a big fan. It's kind of buggy. You can't jump right in and start doing things because you need to wait for the skyscraper ads to show up on the right side.

I added a gmail pop account and then deleted it yet it is still showing.

I just can't get used to Metro. It's just weird to me. It's just not very pretty. It's simple but not very pleasing. I love the way Apple Mail looks at iCloud.com but it's too slow to use.

It's also a little confusing to adjust settings. It's not real hard but still kind of a pain.

There services need to be woven together better. Microsoft services are still just confusing to get around and navigate and there always changing something.

You Microsoft fanboys here on Neowin I knew would love it.

Overall, I do like it better than hotmail though. I hate the Ads on the right side. Since there is so much white space the ads really stand out too much and take up valuable real estate for reading your mail.

PLEASE MICROSOFT-Fix the Ad problem. You have to wait for it to load everytime you do something. I went to click on messenger icon after coming out of another setting and it wasn't functional and had to wait 5 seconds because the stupid ad was loading. It's this type of stuff that annoys me about Microsoft.

Edited by boydp182, Aug 1 2012, 7:42pm :

Are you trying to receive Gmail's mails into Outlook.com???

Gmail will block Outlook.com quite a lot, just keep trying and sign in into your Gmail account until a (kind of) pop-up message appears asking you if you want to grant access to an "unknown" application.

It works!

Loving it. It's such a contrast from the old Hotmail which I think was the clutteriest service of all. And its fast! Can't wait for Skydrive and the rest of the live services to get the new UI.

lols... webmail...
I know it has its uses, but considering I'm on a client 99% of the time I couldn't care less.
Give me a solid backend with good filtering (manual and spam auto detection), decent mail size limits, etc and I'm a happy camper.

GS:mac

Nailed it. If this is the look/feel and accessibility of future Metro Apps and HTML 5 apps, they'll do well. This is good, really good. Can't wait for Exchange 2013.

@ditoa I don't think the basic functions of email will change. How easy and pleasing it is to access and use can, will, and has. For the better IMO. Outlook.com is desktop app quality free email.

While I am not a huge fan of Win8, I love metro on my phone and in a application like this. I think a few features will improve (i.e. calendar) and some issues will be resolved as the rush to try dies down and fixes are made.

To be honest it isn't really all that different from Hotmail. It is just a new skin on top of the same features (with some features removed). The overall way you use the service is the same as it has always been.

I was hoping for a big change to the way I work with email. Perhaps more in the direction that products like .mail (dot mail) have planned.

sava700 said,
needs a little more color as its still plain looking IMO bu it works ok

More colours for what exactly? Glorious technicolour text isn't for everybody, and you can change the header colour to what your want. What else needs to be coloured?

TCLN Ryster said,

More colours for what exactly? Glorious technicolour text isn't for everybody, and you can change the header colour to what your want. What else needs to be coloured?

How about the ability to tone down the glaring harsh white to something more muted and less strain on the eyes.

Uh, touch friendly? If you're going for a touch UI, I imagine you'd be using an app for that and not the web interface.

I've always ranted about Metro, but this was done pretty well.
I just don't like the jarring transition over to Skydrive and Calendar atm, since they haven't updated those yet.

SOMEONE STOLE MY FULL NAME AS THE OUTLOOK ALIAS!!!!GHAHAHGAHHSDHASDFHAHSDGH I was waiting for it to be available on my account, and this... sigh.

The only thing I don't like is that to filter out FB contacts (and pages which also show up) in the messaging, you have to go to People to do that. And you have to search to see online people from the side pane.

I would like it more if it would let me rename my hotmail address.

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KSib said,
I would like it more if it would let me rename my hotmail address.

Just create an alias and you can retain your old email as well as get one with @outlook.com.

gzAsher said,
Just create an alias and you can retain your old email as well as get one with @outlook.com.

That's what the rename function does. It makes the new outlook.com account your primary account and migrates everything over, and then gives you a folder for your old address so you get the best of both worlds.

I bagged ryster as my new primary address and ryanspooner as an alias before anybody else did

And you no longer need a plug-in or add-in - outlook.com (and Hotmail) work entirely sans add-ins in Outlook 2013 (as does GMail, which I have been using in Outlook from Day One). In other words, I can actually open and read/write Outlook.com mail in Outlook - and without any pesky add-ins that can fall down. (Add-in/plug-in issues have historically been the biggest issue throughout Office - and especially Outlook; therefore, it's quite nice to see another add-in rendered moot._

PGHammer said,
And you no longer need a plug-in or add-in - outlook.com (and Hotmail) work entirely sans add-ins in Outlook 2013 (as does GMail, which I have been using in Outlook from Day One). In other words, I can actually open and read/write Outlook.com mail in Outlook - and without any pesky add-ins that can fall down. (Add-in/plug-in issues have historically been the biggest issue throughout Office - and especially Outlook; therefore, it's quite nice to see another add-in rendered moot._

Oh that's a nice bonus for me to upgrade to 2013 later, i'm still using Outlook 2k7.

It has a way better interface than GMail as I'm stuck with it at work. Just wished I could use Outlook 2013 with it.

I will use Outlook more, but will go onto the web interface every so often.

the420kid said,
i'm not sure how a facelift is making hotmail into a gmail killer...

You're not sure how making a product better will effect other products?

the420kid said,
i'm not sure how a facelift is making hotmail into a gmail killer...

well, the idea is, Hotmail isn't decades behind GMail, but back when GMail was first released, it was. But now that Hotmail actually doesn't suck compared to GMail, people still remember Hotmail as that junk email that nobody wants. So Microsoft was faced with the problem of having a good product which nobody likes because it used to suck. So they gave it a facelift & renamed it. Basically, it always had the potential to compete with GMail, it's just there was a stigma against Hotmail that was holding it back.

the420kid said,
i'm not sure how a facelift is making hotmail into a gmail killer...

UI = Usability, Manageability, and the unobtrusive adds will be copied by many.

gaudy colors and black border on the menu aside... its pretty good. i've logged in as many times as i do on my gmail account so far.

Not a fan of webmail services (prefer Outlook, even with my Live account), but definitely my favorite for when I do need to use one, no complaints.

Max Norris said,
Not a fan of webmail services (prefer Outlook, even with my Live account), but definitely my favorite for when I do need to use one, no complaints.

I agree, I use Outlook because I have 4 accounts and I want them all pulled in to one place plus the syncing with calendar and tasks etc. Of course you could do that with the web version as well but it's just faster through the client.

I'm working on migrating from Gmail as I write this. I really like it so far. Does anybody know if you can use custom domains with this like with Google Apps and Hotmail?

Cyborg_X said,
Love it. Clean and free from crapola.

Love how they cleanly handled ads. Believe it or not, it actually made me look at them.

FalseAgent said,
Google should start getting worried right about now.
People will keep using gmail for others Google services

FalseAgent said,
Google should start getting worried right about now.

why? I'm not about to jump ship on an email address i'm very happy with and one i've had since gmail was invite on a whim within 24 hours of something new arrives. If you want to do that have fun!

Anthonyd said,
People will keep using gmail for others Google services

I have moved all of my stuff away from Google. I only have an google account at all anymore due to the fact that people use GoogleDrive to send me files. I prefer Skydrive as I have 25GB of space on it.

It's like AIM and MSN. I only have them becasue people are apread over services. I wish I could get all of my friends to move to just one. I already use Adium/Pidgin to do my messaging, but I'd like to cut back on my open accunts. I feel I have way to many. Inmy mind that just means more companies that can be hacked, and leak my passwords, and email accounts to spam lists.

In the end I guess it's just a case of "I wish everyone used what I use."

Anthonyd said,
People will keep using gmail for others Google services

The same could be said for Outlook and all the other MS services. Having said that I do have a gmail account, but it's my throw away I use on forums and it does get more spam than my hotmail account that I use for work.

FalseAgent said,
Google should start getting worried right about now.
Why? As a service, both are good, but Google's ecosystem (I feel) is much better. The problem with Microsoft is all these loosely integrated services, they just need better (tighter) integration with all their services.

GP007 said,
The same could be said for Outlook and all the other MS services. Having said that I do have a gmail account, but it's my throw away I use on forums and it does get more spam than my hotmail account that I use for work.
If you want to use Youtube, you need a google account. If you want to use Google reader, you need a Google account.
Microsoft can't catch up on Youtube (for various reasons), and they don't seems to work on an equivalent of Google Reader. So people will keep their gmail account, I don't see why google should "start getting worried".

Anthonyd said,
If you want to use Youtube, you need a google account. If you want to use Google reader, you need a Google account.
Microsoft can't catch up on Youtube (for various reasons), and they don't seems to work on an equivalent of Google Reader. So people will keep their gmail account, I don't see why google should "start getting worried".

I don't use youtube, I find it boring for the most part. It's good for the odd time I want to check out an alternate ending to a game so I don't have to bother replaying it etc, and maybe a movie trailer but that's it. And as for Google reader, I don't need it either, I let IE9 handle my RSS feeds and it's done so just fine to date.

Point is, even if they keep those gmail accounts, like I am, it doesn't matter if it's your throw-away like mine is, only used to sign up to forums and other things that aren't that important. I have 4 email accounts and gmail is the one I can ditch without much issue really.

tsupersonic said,
Why? As a service, both are good, but Google's ecosystem (I feel) is much better. The problem with Microsoft is all these loosely integrated services, they just need better (tighter) integration with all their services.

this is the thing - outlook is tightly integrated with many of Microsoft's online services.

Abhinav Kumar said,

Yet, you cared to comment.

So what's your point? This article is specifically for what we think of it. Hence, I'm stating what I think of it.

Xilo said,
Didn't like it when it was first introduced and don't like it now.

It would be nice to hear your reason. I don't have a problem with your opinion, but it's good to back it up.

Meph said,

It would be nice to hear your reason. I don't have a problem with your opinion, but it's good to back it up.

It's just TOO simple and TOO plain. There's an overwhelming amount of white and not much else.

Xilo said,

It's just TOO simple and TOO plain. There's an overwhelming amount of white and not much else.

Just your e-mail. What else does there need to be? I never understood "too simplistic". It does everything except get in your way and you don't like it.

siah1214 said,

Just your e-mail. What else does there need to be? I never understood "too simplistic". It does everything except get in your way and you don't like it.

It's the aesthetics of it. It's blindingly white. I prefer both form and function.

Xilo said,

It's just TOO simple and TOO plain. There's an overwhelming amount of white and not much else.

It probably because you don't have any email. you should receive some emails and then complain about white space. If you happen to have a live ID that has some emails try to login with that.

Xilo said,

It's the aesthetics of it. It's blindingly white. I prefer both form and function.

It is a preview. They may offer the option to change the colors and if not, Stylish should eventually support it. Either way white is quite common in webpages so I don't understand when people complain about the white. Maybe tone down the brightness on your monitor.
For the general populace black text on white is easier to read than other color choices.

Xilo said,

It's just TOO simple and TOO plain. There's an overwhelming amount of white and not much else.

I am sure in time they will fill that white space with adverts, then you will complain about that too.

Sekyal said,

It is a preview. They may offer the option to change the colors and if not, Stylish should eventually support it. Either way white is quite common in webpages so I don't understand when people complain about the white. Maybe tone down the brightness on your monitor.
For the general populace black text on white is easier to read than other color choices.

It's the almost complete lack of anything apart from the white and 1 other minimal color that's the problem.

Toysoldier said,

I am sure in time they will fill that white space with adverts, then you will complain about that too.


Who doesn't block ads?

S3P€hR said,

It probably because you don't have any email. you should receive some emails and then complain about white space. If you happen to have a live ID that has some emails try to login with that.

I think you've missed the point. He's not talking about white space; he means a lot of the page is coloured white or light grey. Compare that to Neowin with white in the centre but a dark blue background and whatnot. I thought the white was quite jarring, too, when I started using it, but I got used to it.

Xilo said,

Who doesn't block ads?

Well that's the problem. Unblock your ads, and your white space problem is solved.

NOTE: I have unblocked my ads. Why? That Ad Column will change when you select an email. It will display the Sender Contact info. Block the ads, then you will block this Sender Contact Bar. So Unblock your ads.

Xilo said,

Who doesn't block ads?

That's not the point.
What's the point in having ads when we're all just going to block them anyway?

I detest Google suggesting results in searches for me. Don't like people who like Google though. I can't stand ads on TV, why is the internet any different?

Xilo said,

It's just TOO simple and TOO plain. There's an overwhelming amount of white and not much else.

It's useful when you want to check your monitor's gamma correction. Those shades of gray do the job well.