Microsoft announces new email client, launches Outlook.com preview

Jul 31, 2012 By Salvador Rodriguez

Microsoft introduced a new email client Tuesday called Outlook.com, a personal version of its already widely used brand.

Outlook.com is Microsoft's latest stab at an email service and essentially replaces Hotmail as the company's primary email service.

"We realized that we needed to take a bold step, break from the past and build you a brand new service from the ground up," Microsoft said in a post. "Now, in addition to a desktop application and a service for businesses, we're offering Outlook as a personal - Outlook.com."

Microsoft said Outlook.com is a "modern email designed for the next billion mailboxes."

Outlook.com will let users sync their accounts with various social networks, including and , as well as Skype eventually.

"In the Outlook.com inbox, your personal email comes alive with photos of your friends, recent and that your friend has shared with you, the ability to chat and ," Microsoft said.

The cloud-based new service will sync users' email, contacts and calendar across various devices. Outlook.com also includes free Office Web Apps, so users can open and edit attachments from their inboxes. The Redmond, Wash., company is also addressing the issue of cluttered in-boxes by sorting messages depending on who they're from.

The service is free and Microsoft says it has "virtually unlimited storage."

Hotmail users can easily launch the new client by going into their options menu and clicking "Upgrade," according to Microsoft. They can also acquire a new "@outlook.com" email address if they wish.

Users of other email clients, including and Yahoo, can also use Outlook.com to manage their emails. Microsoft says those users can also add an "@outlook.com" email if they'd like.

"This will let you use both services for now, but we think that over time, most people will prefer Outlook.com," the company said.

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Can anyone tell me why I want my mailbox to "come alive"?

Wasn't Microsoft Live supposed to do that a decade ago?

Ballmer has his vision for Microsoft. It appears to be cocaine induced.

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