Everything you need to know about:
Microsoft Outlook email
You may have seen that Microsoft has launched its new Outlook email service. This replaces Hotmail with all-new Outlook.com addresses and benefits.
If you already have a Hotmail or Live email address you should log on now to see what the changes are like. If you don’t then you can sign up with Outlook for free for and get a new email account plus access to these great new features…
1. Windows 8 design
Microsoft has spent millions on perfecting the new-look interface. It’s pretty wonderful to use, offering a clear, intuitive interface that provides the features you need when and where you need them. It’s going to fit right in with Windows 8, Windows Phone and the new Office 365 too, so everything you use across your PC, tablet and phone will work and look the same.
2. Messenger and Skype
Email isn’t going anywhere but today everyone wants the option of an instant conversation or instant answer – and some added voice and video will go down nicely too. Built into the right side of the Outlook page is the Microsoft Messenger instant messaging service, the same one that you may already use on your desktop and laptop systems. Outlook is also going to tie into Skype messaging and Facebook Chat to cover everything you’d want it to.
3. Office documents inside
For the workaholics a new Documents folder lists all your emails that have attached Office documents. Even better than this is the ability to edit those documents from within the Outlook.com website – no more downloads and uploads, you just edit documents online stored in the Skydrive cloud system.
4. 7GB free Skydrive storage
Talking of Skydrive, you get a whopping 7GB of free cloud storage as part of the Microsoft Skydrive online system. Microsoft envision you using this for both sharing and storing your Office Documents via Outlook, but you’ll be able to use it to store whatever you like and share it between your desktops, laptops, phones and tablets, at home or on the move.
5. Integrated photo slideshows
When you’re sent a bunch of photos on email you won’t have to mess around downloading them and firing up another app just to flick through them. With Outlook you can just click the Slideshow link for a slick shot-by-shot presentation.
6. It works with everything!
No matter if you’re on a desktop PC, laptop, iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone or Android device, Outlook will work across them all. Running from a web browser, an app or integrated into an existing email client, you’ll get the same easy-to-use experience.
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