A lot of people have been praising the Windows 8 version of Outlook, and today Microsoft officially launched Outlook.com to the public. Outlook webmail will eventually replace @hotmail.com, @msn.com and @live.com email addresses.
Outlook webmail is sleek, streamlined and refined, keeping in mind the new Microsoft design aesthetic. No stupid shit, just mail.
One of the biggest pros to use Outlook is the People hub, a feature that makes the jump from Windows Phone. If you allow it, Outlook can integrate all of your Twitter and Facebook contacts and let you post on a friend’s wall, instant message and view photos and tweet from within the webmail. Additionally, when you receive emails from a contact, their statuses from their various social networks will also be displayed.
Another notable feature is “QuickView” — an automatic filing system that sorts that sorts your emails into smart categories. For example, if you have emails with PDFs and spreadsheets attached, it’ll magically sort into the Documents folder. Same for photos, shipping updates from delivery services, etc. The best part is you can create your own QuickView folders.
But wait, there’s more. Beyond the fact that the main window displays more emails at a glance than Gmail, there’s also a nice little tidying feature that filters all of your newsletters into a folder. That means all of those annoying email lists you sign up for or all of those social couponing sites you get blasted with 20 emails a day go right in.
I probably won’t be ditching Gmail any time soon, but I’ve got to admit that Outlook web mail is pretty slick.