Microsoft Announces Outlook.com

By Mahesh Chand Jul 31, 2012
Today, Microsoft announced its new email and communication service, Outlook.com. Microsoft has closed its Hotmail and replaced it with Outlook.
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Microsoft Announces Outlook.com

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While Year 2011 was an Apple year with the launch of iPhone 4, iPad and other products, year 2012 seems to be a Microsoft year. Microsoft has been releasing so much, it is very difficult to keep up with the pace.

Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will be releasing on Oct 26 to the public. Visual Studio 2012 is already in RC. In the server side, Microsoft announced Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, SharePoint 2013 and a lot more. On July 16, Microsoft announced Office 2013, its first cloud based Office version integrated with Office 365 and SkyDrive. Office 2013 has new products including Word 2013, Excel 2013, Access 2013, InfoPath 2013 and OneNote 2013.

Now, here comes Microsoft’s new mail and communication server, Outlook.com.

“Outlook.com is the first step in creating one complete experience for the next generation of communications. Email should be connected to your friends – whether they like to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, or a combination. Email should let you get more done, faster – with immediate access to your inbox and tools that can automatically categorize, move, or delete messages you don't want. Email should be deeply integrated with other services – for Outlook.com, you'll find that Office Web Apps, SkyDrive, and, soon, Skype come built right in. And we hope you have already noticed our fast, beautiful user experience.” Mentioned in the Outlook.com welcome email.

Check out Outlook.com preview at http://www.outlook.com/ for more details.

If you are already logged into your Live ID or other Microsoft account, you will automatically be converted to the Outlook.com account. See my default screen where my C# Corner email is already setup as an account. 

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Outlook.com has a new Metro style interface and obviously all cool stuff we have been seeing from Microsoft this year.

So what does that mean to the end users and online email users? Similar to Google Mail, Outlook lets you use any of your existing emails to send and receive emails. I see going forward, you may see an integration of Hotmail with Outlook and even Hotmail disappears slowly.

From all this new stuff coming from Microsoft, all I can say is, that Office is going to play a major role in Microsoft world. Some analysts are already calling it Microsoft's Outlook is ahead of game

Microsoft also announced new versions of Project, Visio and SharePoint. All these products now support app development. Check our more on Office 2013 app development here. Learn more about What is new in Project 2013.

We have launched a new portal dedicated on Office 2013 resources >>. On this portal, you can learn about how to use Office 2013 and new features and even app development. 

Mahesh Chand

Mahesh Chand is founder of C# Corner. C# Corner founded in 1999 is a FREE member contributions based open platform for developers to solve problems, learn new technology and hang out.  Mahesh has been awar... Read more

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