The New Microsoft Outlook.com is not Your Father’s Outlook
After starting from scratch, Microsoft has built Outlook.com, which offers free web-based email packed with features designed to streamline the email experience; allow users to more easily connect with contacts from social networks; use SkyDrive to share images and create, view, and collaborate on Microsoft Office documents; and enhance productivity by seamlessly integrating with Microsoft Office Web Apps.
Outlook.com is cloud-based and thus will sync easily across all your many devices, from your desktop PC at work to your home laptop to your tablet and smartphone; plus, understanding that we use our mobile devices constantly for checking and sending email, Microsoft wisely saw fit to build in touch-friendly capabilities.
Further, this way all collaborators are working on a single document instead of having to keep track of which version got sent to who and what’s been changed, and everyone can use Outlook’s Office Web Apps to make any necessary changes or additions.
For as valuable as these aforementioned features are, they only address part of the email experience. Microsoft set out to make the actual day-to-day experience of email more efficient by creating a smarter inbox, one that automatically files away the messages you’re not particularly interested in seeing and keeping the best stuff front and center. It’s as simple as implementing an easy-to-create custom rule, tailored to the messages you receive in your inbox.
You know the things we’re talking about—daily shopping deals, newsletters, social media notifications, and so on. They’re messages that aren’t exactly spam, but you care much more about the email from your friend finalizing weekend plans or an update from your mom than the best sales at your favorite clothing store. That’s graymail, and Outlook.com allows you to create custom rules to automatically recognize it and stash it in smart folders so you can get to it when you get to it without dealing with a clogged-up inbox in the meantime. You can also create custom rules for certain types of messages or specific senders for even more control.
Because Outlook.com is free, it is ad-supported, but citing user privacy as a priority, the (small, mostly unobtrusive) ads you see are not generated from snooping your content; they’re simply served up generically from Bing Deals based on profile information (gender, age, location, etc.) you specifically provide to Outlook.com. However, Bing Local will have no idea where you’re located unless you opt to provide your zip code in your profile.
Outlook.com is a preview of modern email from Microsoft. It has a fresh and intuitive design, connects your email to useful information from Facebook and Twitter, and gives you a smarter inbox with the power of Office and SkyDrive. Visit Outlookpreview.com to learn more and connect with us at @Outlook on Twitter.
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