- Editor's Rating
- Simple and clean UI
- Lets you integrate content from social networks like Facebook and Twitter
- Includes access to Microsoft's SkyDrive
- Some of the best stuff isn't that evident
- Certain features could use improvement
- Might be hard to adjust to for non-Hotmail users
Outlook.com is an email service from Microsoft that has replaced Hotmail.com, and Microsoft has made it sleeker and easier to navigate. Microsoft\’s web-based mail client is up against well-known email services such as Google Gmail, but it could be worth the switch, especially for those planning on getting a Windows 8 PC.
For those with an existing Hotmail or Windows Live account, making the switch to Outlook.com is as easy as a few clicks. The interface has been updated to be much cleaner and simpler, with icons that mimic the Windows 8 panels, NotebookReview found some features so simplified that it was easy to miss them. Microsoft has also incorporated social networking, with the option to integrate content from the users\’ Facebook and Twitter. Users can switch between their email and social media networks within the same interface with ease.
Anyone looking to upgrade from Hotmail.com will appreciate the new design and usability. Those using a Windows 8 device will enjoy the continuity in the design, and may even want to switch from their standard mail client. Also, for anyone new to email or for those who want something easy to navigate, Outlook.com would be a great choice. Either way, signing up is free, so it is worth a look, and definitely offers a great alternative to what is already available.