Hotmail and MSN email users may have noticed a recent change to your email. Microsoft has merged email services to a single Microsoft Outlook email online called Outlook.com.
I’ve had a Hotmail account since the beginning of time. Hotmail is the throw-away account I’ve used but rarely check. But with this update to Microsoft Outlook email online, this site is worth a look.
Microsoft Outlook Email Online
First up, Microsoft Outlook email online is NOT the same as the desktop Outlook software. The two are quite different, thankfully. Outlook.com is geared to personal use, while the desktop application is best suited for business.
The first thing you’ll notice about Outlook.com is that it’s similar to services like Gmail. It’s simple and modern.
Like Gmail, Outlook.com users can view email strings as conversations. Grouping emails from a single thread together prevents clutter. A step-up but still old news.
Outlook.com hasn’t done away with folders but there’s a ‘Categories’ area – similar to Gmail labels. This offers flexibility if you aren’t ready to abandon folders.
When I ditched Hotmail back in the day, I moved to Gmail. It was new, it was cool. Now, Microsoft is working hard to convert Googlers to Outlook.com.
Evidence? Microsoft’s targeted campaign against Gmail (see the Scroogled website).
Most Gmail users know Google reads email and uses the content for targeted ads. Google isn’t secretive about it. But for some, the invasion of privacy is shocking.
Microsoft is betting that people will make the switch. (Unlike Gmail, Microsoft Outlook email will NOT read emails.)
Overall, our take is this: the refresh is a step in the right direction. However, the updates are basic. If you’re happy with your email service, why switch?
What do you think, will the Scroogled campaign get you to switch? Tell us your thoughts on Microsoft Outlook email online.