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Old 31-07-2012, 17:56
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Today, Microsoft have overhauled their email client 'Hotmail' to Outlook.com and have finally set it sights on Gmail.

The interface is clean, simple and much much better than the old hotmail web interface. Again this is Microsoft moving to the Windows 8 typeface bringing a consistency to all of its services giving the feel of an integrated ecosystem.

It also has a 'People Hub' those familiar with Windows Phone know what this entails but this is basically were all information from your contacts lives with added information such as full name, company ect, you can also link your Outlook.com account with various social media services like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Flicker, and LinkedIn. For example on Facebook you can post on their wall, send a Facebook message, or chat in an instant message-like format without leaving Outlook. You can also Tweet via Outlook and view incoming Tweets in the Hub.

You can dump your Hotmail email to Outlook.com or you can create an alias by: Settings>More Mail Settings>Create and Outlook Alias or Rename.

SkyDrive is still here but has not been updated but is due 'latter in the summer' and Microsoft plan to integrate Skype into Outlook later in the year.
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Old 31-07-2012, 20:18
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Well its interesting. I'm not fond of the Metro styling, that said I'm not a fan of the old gradients and colour scheme. Using new metro styling for the Mail and Peoples hub with the old Hotmail styling for calendar and SkyDrive is a nice hybrid testament to Windows 8

I see the IE9 jumplist is still broken.

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Old 31-07-2012, 21:15
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Using new metro styling for the Mail and Peoples hub with the old Hotmail styling for calendar and SkyDrive is a nice hybrid testament to Windows 8
It's called Outlook 'preview' until Hotmail is fully phased out so I'm sure they're ironing out bugs and adding content in the coming months such as updates to SkyDrive and Skype.

This is not the fully finished version, and it seems to be getting a good buzz on tech sites.
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Old 31-07-2012, 21:50
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Had to update the POP and SMTP settings on my main mail client to reflect the new outlook.com as expected. All works as expected
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:57
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A review so positive it's suspicious
http://gizmodo.com/5930358/microsoft...l-is-fantastic
It does look good though.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:42
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From someone who likes all things Apple, I really like the stuff that Microsoft is doing recently with things like Skydrive. I'm hoping they can give Google some more competition.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:04
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Im using Outlook now for sending emails but if I take up their offer of changing my email address will me old one still be useable or will I have to change and start using the new OUTLOOK one
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:18
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Im using Outlook now for sending emails but if I take up their offer of changing my email address will me old one still be useable or will I have to change and start using the new OUTLOOK one
You'll still receive everything for your old address, and there is a setting on the website which determines which address you send as by default (i think). Also you can set the 'reply to' address on there.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:24
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It's called Outlook 'preview' until Hotmail is fully phased out so I'm sure they're ironing out bugs and adding content in the coming months such as updates to SkyDrive and Skype.

This is not the fully finished version, and it seems to be getting a good buzz on tech sites.
I know, I was having a little dig at Windows 8, hence my wink

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Old 01-08-2012, 09:49
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Looks the same just with some different icons and colours. seems a bit slower to update.

i don't use it that much these days, the only reason I got a Hotmail address in the first place because I thought I needed it to use their messager service. something else i don't use that often these days.


They are all trying to make their email services something else, with gimmicks that are not required for email. Even the company I got my domain and main email service with seems to what to add stuff to it I don't need or require which makes their webmail and control panel slow and unresponsive.


Glad I don't use webmail that often.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:56
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WooHoo no auto migrations of name. I can ditch my longer hotmail and have a short one
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:28
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Doesn't seem to be working using waterfox (firefox 64 bit alternative) unless i'm mistaken?
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:32
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Doesn't seem to be working using waterfox (firefox 64 bit alternative) unless i'm mistaken?
Seems like you need to use Internet Exploder 9 to get all the features, so I changed back to normal Hotmail.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:34
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Bye Bye hotmail i knew thee well since 1996. I had my first address in october, its still being used today..

I hope the new outlook does not get squeezed in the sides by the adverts.

I permanently rely on web based mail instead of using a client (Thunderbird, outlook etc), even at home.I flit between different offices, different venues, use different computers etc, its probably a lot securer as other people use those computers as well, and I may not use that exact terminal again. just simple log on and off
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:35
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Seems like you need to use Internet Exploder 9 to get all the features, so I changed back to normal Hotmail.
Tried it with 1 of my accounts and none of the messages we're loading. Guess i'll switch back for now.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:39
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From someone who likes all things Apple, I really like the stuff that Microsoft is doing recently with things like Skydrive. I'm hoping they can give Google some more competition.
Sky drive is a secret success for MS. I love it.. Just simple.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:56
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Tried it with 1 of my accounts and none of the messages we're loading. Guess i'll switch back for now.

Messages loaded fine, but unless you use IE, then there is no advantage, just confusing icons with no name to tell you what they do.



Sky drive is a secret success for MS. I love it.. Just simple.
I use dropbox for the few things I put online. I have got a sky drive account, but i got nothing in it.

I am one of these people who still prefer to have my documents backup off line.
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Old 01-08-2012, 13:43
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Just signed up to one. Wont use it, but wanted to claim my name without having to add loads of numbers in the end!
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Old 01-08-2012, 14:05
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Grauniad article
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...mail-lost-cool
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Old 01-08-2012, 14:38
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Just signed up to one. Wont use it, but wanted to claim my name without having to add loads of numbers in the end!
What's the point of claiming your name if you aren't going to use it?
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Old 01-08-2012, 14:45
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What's the point of claiming your name if you aren't going to use it?
Possible future use!
You never know
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Old 01-08-2012, 14:51
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What's the point of claiming your name if you aren't going to use it?
I've done the same thing myself. Nothing as unprofessional as having your birth date at the end of an email address!
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Old 01-08-2012, 15:08
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I've done the same thing myself. Nothing as unprofessional as having your birth date at the end of an email address!
Where I work we get sent CV's. There is nothing more off putting than an email address such as xx_sexy_legs_xx. Or as you say DoB, fluffykins etc.

I was once told that domain names were being bought up at tens of thousands per week. Eventually there will be no decent ones left.
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Old 01-08-2012, 20:29
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No outlook.co.uk addresses by the looks of it as the domain is already taken.

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Old 01-08-2012, 23:08
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too late, my name is taken...

microsoft look desperate, first live, and now outlook, where ever did the bing.com email addresses go???
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