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"The best reason yet to ditch Gmail" - Farhad Manjoo, Slate.com
Since the new Outlook.com launched in July, the positive feedback has been overwhelming. Outlook.com was recently named one of Time Magazine's "50 Best Websites of 2012", won PC Magazine's Best Software and Internet Web App awards and has received a number of other accolades around the world. To date, over 25 million of you are already actively using the new Outlook.com:
We found that about a third of Outlook.com users are active Gmail users trying Outlook.com for the first time. We wanted to learn more, so we hired a research firm to recruit hundreds of Gmail users - people that use Gmail as their primary email service - and asked them to try Outlook.com. We asked the Gmail users to sign-up for Outlook.com addresses, forward email from Gmail to Outlook.com, and try Outlook.com's best features. The Gmail users loved it. Specifically, they shared the following opinions with us:
The best part was, after spending just five days with it, 4 out of 5 of these Gmail users said they would switch to Outlook.com.
As millions of people have made the switch to Outlook.com, they've told us about the features that made the transition easier:
But it's still early days. We continue to listen to feedback on what enthusiasts want next - including making the switch from Gmail even easier - and build those features. So over the next few weeks, Outlook.com users will start to see these new features in their inboxes:
We added more color themes:
We added the ability to toggle between "Reply" and "Reply All" as the default option. We also heard that, after deleting a message, some people want to return to their inbox and others want to see the next message. Now you can set that default option, too. Both options are available via the Options page.
If you're one of the tens of millions of people that have made the switch to Outlook.com, we thank you. We're committed to making Outlook.com the best email service and we appreciate the feedback you continue to provide.
If you are a Gmail user and are still on the fence, take a look at our new features and give Outlook.com a try with just a few simple steps.
Thanks again for using Outlook and, as always, keep the feedback coming.
David Law--Director, Product Management, Outlook.com
That is all nice, but really mostly useless until we can send email in this setup that doesn't have the dreaded "sent on behalf"...
Is there a reason why Hotmail and Outlook.com are now two separate apps for Android? Is the service really that different? Can I download Outlook.com and use a Hotmail address with it?
I really hope that permanent inbox arrangement options are included. I have to arrange my inbox by date (Newest email on bottom) every time I visit.
Really? When you have apps like SkyDrive and Skype with nice Android 4.x (Holo) style look you release an app with awful, crappy and old Gingerbread UI? Come on ...
Microsoft is confusing me. What is the difference between the Hotmail and Outlook App on Android? Even in Windows 8 Mail app, I see Outlook and Hotmail. I have an @hotmail.com account. Which should I pick?
Please enter the option of upgrading conversation without leaving the email. I made a montage of concept.: http://sdrv.ms/Ua7jAF
1. The app is ugly and brings nothing new.
2. Outlook sends a lot of Spam to my inbox, and as an everyday Outlook user, I'm not happy about that.
Thanks for the comments - appreciated.
@Chuck and @Benjamin -- you can definitely use your @hotmail.com with the Outlook.com App for Android (and vice versa). We released the Outlook.com app for Android to be sure Outlook.com users could find/use the right app without any confusion. Thanks!
@gohan16ken - see previous comment -- you can use either, but if you are installing an Android app for your @hotmail.com address for the first time, you should get the latest by using the Outlook.com app. Thanks!
Until the "on behalf of" problem is resolved, this is not really exciting. Why oh why does it take so much to resolve something that NO other email solutiuon is plagued with?
Signed- Outllok user since inception, but looking around.
When will IMAP support come to outlook.com? I want to switch from Yahoo! mail to outlook.com but it seems like there's no progress on IMAP whatsoever.
Nothing new to talk about regarding IMAP, but we definitely hear (and understand) the feedback. Thanks, Dinh.
I do like Outlook.com, but you do need to:
- Upgrade Hotmail Calendar to Metro style Calendar, like the W8 app, but without removing, agenda and to-do list.
- Give us Skype in Outlook, it has been "Coming Soon" sine July.
- Add 2-step verification like Gmail, http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=180744
When I read Microsoft released an Android app for Outlook.com, my first thought was "OH BOY!!!" After seeing what Microsoft could do with the SkyDrive app, I was really excited to see what they would do with an Outlook.com app!
Turns out changing the signs on the door is enough to qualify as "new" to the team behind the Outlook.com app. Very disappointed to see that the Outlook.com app is nothing more than a rebranded Hotmail app.
Do the teams at Microsoft talk to each other? Seriously. Outlook.com app team. Go talk to the SkyDrive app team. Go talk to the Skype app team. Learn from them. Disappointed. Very disappointed.
And like others, this "on behalf of" thing needs to go if you're going to allow people to use their own email address/domain with Outlook.com. At least give us custom SMTP support to resolve this issue.
Microsoft has done a great job is getting me to drop Google Drive for SkyDrive. Outlook.com still has a lot of hurdles though.