Microsoft Announces Outlook.com
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 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.
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.