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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: email@example.com on behalf of Dick Craddock (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
I tried to use Trueswich to import my old emails to Gmail, but does not work
I waited well over 24 hours but after a message that the work is in progress does not happen more than anything and no emails is imported
I have set OutLook.com up twice without a problem but when I sign off and then try to sign back in using http://outlook.com I keep getting connected to my old Windows Live Hot mail account. What am I doing wrong?
I'm having a problem with TrueSwitch, where it is telling me my gmail account information is not correct (invalid password), but I know it is.
Is there a problem with the authentication between TrueSwitch and Gmail now?
False alarm - seems Google was blocking it - I got a notification in google that it was detecting unauthorized access, and I had to approve it - might be worth mentioning this in the steps above --
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is there any few feature with outlook.com like
if i delete my mail in outlook.com also gets deleted in gmail.com
or if i read a mail in outlook.com also marks mail as read in gmail.com?
OK, I have outlook.com now. But I also have two personal domains that I receive on Windows Live Mail. How do I connect them to Outlook and receive all my emails in one place?
Hi Roberto, are you still having issues with TrueSwitch? If so, send me the email address you're trying to switch TO. You can send to my microsoft.com account using davidden@. Thanks.
I like the new look of Outlook.com, but am concerned that the Spam filtering is not as effective as that of Gmail. I've run a test where I've configured the same email account (POP3) to be received by both Gmail and Outlook.com. Gmail filtered all but 7 of the 3,000+ Spam messages sent to the POP3 account, but Outlook.com allowed over 1,000 to pass to the inbox. Is there a way to improve the effectiveness of Junk Mail/Phishin Scam filters for Outlook.com? I'd like to get away from Gmail but can't justify the switch unless the filtering can approach the effectiveness of Gmail.
Is there a way when i delete my mail in outlook.com also gets deleted in gmail.com
Will it ever be possible to import from Google Apps accounts (Gmail, but your address doesn't end in gmail.com)? TrueSwitch doesn't like this. My usual backup plan is massive IMAP copying, but outlook.com doesn't yet support IMAP, and I'm not comfortable writing an ActiveSync tool for this.
I love the look&feel and functionalities of the new Outlook.com. My only issue is that the mobile experience on Android devices is painful. The Hotmail app is not optimized for tablet and doesn't provide conversation-view and archive options. The stock Email client with ActiveSync works quite well (but you can't change the Outgoing Name...) but again, no archive options. Will MS ever release an Outlook.com android app? Thanks!
TrueSwitch isn't working for me either, migrating messages from GMail, even with the 10 minute verification.
Possible other alternatives?
This is a dumb idea. Why would anyone want to use Gmail as a "holding" web service forwarding emails to outlook.com? What about other POP accounts I use in Apple mail? I only got this far because Outlook 2007 is acting up and Gmail keeps flooding my inbox with more mail. Sorry, Microsoft, I'll pass. Think of something different. Don't copy what everyone else is doing.
If you have further problems you can refer www.geeknoob.com/delete-all-emails-in-gmail-inbox.html and www.geeknoob.com/configure-gmail-in-outlook-express-using-pop.html