RIP Hotmail! Hello Outlook!
Yes, it’s true – Microsoft’s iconic web-based email service is going to be rebadged and will henceforth be known as Outlook. It’s all part of an attempt to take on Google’s Gmail and a host of snazzy new features will be introduced, some of which are more or less the same as ones already offered by Gmail. Nice one.
Microsoft say that users of Outlook will be able to sort messages as they arrive and make internet calls using Skype as part of the service. They will also be able to link their email account to their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google accounts, in a move which we imagine some berk somewhere within Microsoft HQ has described as ‘holistic’ as part of an uninspiring Powerpoint display.
Outlook accounts will also link up with the Skydrive cloud storage service, which may or may not pose a threat to Google Drive and Dropbox and all that lot. Web versions of Microsoft’s office suite of programs will also be a part of Outlook, which is nice.
Crucially, (and this could be VERY crucial), Microsoft say that Outlook will NOT scan email content or attachments in order to sell the information to advertisers or others. But other than that, it all sounds like the company looking at what Google has done well and adopting it for its own service.
If you’re a Gmail user, would that be enough to persuade you to make the leap to Outlook? Or is the idea of changing your email address and informing all of your contacts the kind of chore that you can’t be bothered with? Why can’t we port our email addresses to the provider of our choice, like we do with mobile phone numbers? Call this the future? This STINKS!
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EDIT: Our chums at Gizmodo have had a go of the new Outlook service and they LIKE IT A LOT....