You can use your favorite social network to register or link an existing account:
Or use your email address to register without a social network:
Sign in with these social networks:
Or enter your username and password
Forgot your password?
Yes, please link my existing account with for quick, secure access.
No, I would like to create a new account with my profile information.
Just last week we introduced a new personal email service called Outlook.com. In my previous post we described how to upgrade from Hotmail to Outlook.com. Now, let's take a look at how to upgrade from Gmail to Outlook.
Upgrading from Gmail to Outlook.com offers many advantages including:
And, of course, Outlook.com respects your privacy - it won't use the contents of your personal email to show you ads; in fact, you won't see ads when reading email from friends.
You don't even have to tell people to change the way they communicate with you. You can keep your Gmail address and can get all your mail right in Outlook. Here are the five steps:
When you're upgrading from Gmail, you'll fall into one of three camps:
We'll cover each of these, below.
Already have a Hotmail account (@hotmail, @msn, @live, etc.)?
Just sign in to http://outlook.com with your Hotmail account to upgrade it to Outlook.com. We'll show you below how to get your Gmail messages delivered to your Outlook.com inbox.
Do you use your Gmail address to access Microsoft services, like Xbox Live or SkyDrive?
If yes, it means you already have a Microsoft Account, and can use it to sign in to Outlook.com.
(NOTE: You can rename your account to an @outlook.com address, but this is entirely optional. You can read instructions for renaming your account in our upgrading from Hotmail post .)
Go ahead and sign in to http://outlook.com using your Gmail address and Microsoft password. If you've never verified your Gmail address with Microsoft, then you'll be asked to do so.
No Microsoft account?
It's easy to get a new Outlook.com account. Just go to http://outlook.com, click on "Sign up" and fill out the form to create a new account.
You'll get a welcome message, and then you'll be in your clean, new Inbox. Keep this window open while you do the next step.
It's easy to set up your Gmail account to forward new messages to your Outlook.com inbox. First you have to hook up the two accounts for forwarding and then tell Gmail to start.
To set up forwarding:
Gmail will send a confirmation email to your Outlook.com inbox. Return to the Outlook.com inbox (the window you kept open in Step 1), click the "refresh" icon next to Folders (or just click on "Inbox"), and you should see the confirmation email.
Open the message and click the confirmation link. You've just confirmed you want Gmail to forward email to your Outlook.com account.
Now you're ready to tell Gmail to start forwarding:
Leave the Gmail setting page open - you'll come back to it in the next step.
You'll want to enable Outlook to use your Gmail address when you send mail. This lets Outlook know that messages forwarded from Gmail were really sent to you, and lets you avoid getting the message "This content has been blocked for your safety" when you read those messages.
(You can skip this step if you used your Gmail address to sign in to Outlook.com. You're already done!)
In Outlook, click on the Settings "cog" in the upper right corner, then click on "More mail settings"
Now, go back to the Gmail settings page (see Step 2) and you should see a new email from Outlook that says "Outlook: Verify your email address." Open this email, and click the verification link.
You'll get a verification message, and you can click "Return to Inbox."
That's it. Now, when you compose an email, or reply to an email, you can select your Gmail address in the "From" drop-down menu. But you don't even need to do that when you reply to a message forwarded from Gmail -Outlook automatically does it for you.
A side note on "Sent on behalf"
You may notice that messages you send using your Gmail address will be sent "on behalf of" your Gmail account. This means that Outlook is actually sending the email, but setting the "From:" address to be your Gmail address. The From: header in most email clients will look something like this:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of Dick Craddock (email@example.com)
We've gotten feedback from some of you that you don't like the "on behalf of header" and so we're working to change this - stay tuned!
You can easily import all your Gmail contacts to Outlook. We'll go to the People page to import contacts. Just click on the little "down-arrow" next to Outlook in the header (it will show up when you hover over the header").
Then click on "People"
Now, click on "Google contacts"
You'll see a wizard that will lead you through connected your Outlook.com account to your Gmail contacts:
Click "Connect," then enter your Gmail sign-in information. You'll see a confirmation screen, which shows you that Gmail is confirming that Microsoft is asking to connect to your Gmail contacts. Click "Allow access." You'll get a final confirmation screen, and you can click "Done."
You'll also get a confirmation email in your Outlook.com inbox telling you that you've connected Contacts from your Gmail account.
It might take a little while for your Gmail Contacts to be imported. When they are, they will show up right in Outlook - both on the People and Compose pages.
You've already got all new Gmail messages to be forwarded to your Outlook.com account. You might also want to import your older messages as well. You can use a tool called "TrueSwitch" to do that.
Click here to go to TrueSwitch. You'll notice that this page refers to "Hotmail" accounts, but it works just great for Outlook accounts. Since you've already set up forwarding from Gmail, Sending from Gmail, and connected your contacts, all you need to do is get old mail and optionally your calendar events.
Click "Copy to Windows Live Hotmail."
You'll get a confirmation screen. Note that it may take up to 24 hours to copy all of the email from your Gmail account into your Outlook account. Your Gmail mail will show up in a new folder called "GMAIL_Mail", your Gmail labels will be mapped to folders in Outlook.com, and you'll get a confirmation email with details.
We hope you'll love using Outlook.com. We'll be making continual improvements to Outlook throughout the Preview period, and we'd love to hear from you. You can give us feedback right from Outlook.com - just click on the Settings "cog" in the upper right corner and click "Feedback."
Thanks for using Outlook.com.
Dick Craddock, Group Program Manager, Outlook.com
There is no way to chat with GMail contacts through Outlook. Please add that feature
i have outlook account by name firstname.lastname@example.org
Sir please provide an option that if i import contact from face-book i don't want its notifications to be my outlook email id
also i would like if all my contacts get updated and are kept in the form of excel document in the alpabtical order.
Also arranging button for from which to block emails looking on main accout just by click
there shouldn't be such a big step as creating filter on outlook account as it is on gmail
and i don't want notifications of everything..... it creates hooch pooch on inbox
That's exactly what they want. You don't the advertising when you use a desktop client.
So far I love the new Outlook.com! THANKS. But...can I pay a fee for no advertising?
Surely it would be a better solution to have outlook.com pull email from Gmail via POP rather than forwarding?
Yeah, but Hotmail Plus and it removes the advertising
Wow i love outlook!! But will it still be the same if i have a @hotmail to a @outlook???
You can use your @hotmail account with Outlook.com. There is no need to change your account. Just sign-in at http://outlook.com with your Hotmail account.
Yes you can. Go here: windows.microsoft.com/.../hotmail-plus
There are several advantages to using Forwarding. For instance, forwarding happens instantly, whereas POP is polled every 30 minutes.
Some things I have problems with...happens on latest builds of Chrome Stable, FF, and IE9. So I am pretty sure, it ain't me. This is my sole PC, but I tried to load Outlook on a PC at another location, and these same things happened. I also emailed a friend who is a well-known tech analyst, and he says he doesn't see any of the things I am describing.
When I open the mail program, more often than not, the color schemes in the "Color Schemes" JPEG...never fill in. They stay gray.
In the "Messaging Panel," it takes five, ten minutes to sign in. All you get is the "Signing in....... " I was IMing someone @ their FB account...I closed the Outlook page, then came back to it...and it would never sign back in. So that conversation was lost.
Same for "People Sign-In." Takes forever to load, if it ever does.
Some other random things--
*How do you clear a conversation out of Messaging Panel once it's over?
*Can you guys make some kind of Email Notifier that works for the major browsers?
linking your facebook account with outlook, will not change the email address you had used to register with facebook.
Also unless you go into your facebook account settings and change it yourself, your email address for facebook notifications will not be changed by outlook.com
No reason to worry here.
Also if you go into the People Hub, the contacts will be displayed in alphabetical order.
ah and one more thing----MAILTO: in browsers like Chrome and FF; how does that get addressed?