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|Hotmail to be replaced by Outlook.com|
|Posted by Will Smith|
|Wednesday, 01 August 2012 04:16|
Claim your name first ... log on to Hotmail and switch/add your new name first before anyone else gets its. Also on another note, expect Microsoft to introduce Office apps via this new platform, which will hopefully include Word, Excel, Calendars and others ... all "fully sync'ed". There's also rumors that they plan to introduce Skype into Outlook.com for video calls and conferencing ... now that is what I'm really interested in.
"Microsoft is overhauling its free webmail service, dropping the Hotmail brand it has used since acquiring the product in 1998, and adopting the name Outlook.com. The revamped service will help sort messages as they arrive and allow users to make internet calls on Skype.
It said the move would help tackle the problem of "cluttered" inboxes. The action may also be designed to win over users of Google's rival Gmail service.
Microsoft said that in many cases email had become a "chore" because its users accounts had become "overloaded" with material.
Its solution is to automatically sort messages into different areas to distinguish between emails from contacts, newsletters, package delivery notices, social network posts and other identifiers determined by the account holder. In addition it is taking steps to link the Outlook account with other services the user might have subscribed to.
"We are giving you the first email service that is connected to Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google, and soon, Skype, to bring relevant context and communications to your email," the firm's Chris Jones said on its blog."