Microsoft announced today a successor to the long standing Hotmail web-based service, anticipating that a revamped UI, and better integration with social networks, will attract users from rivals like Gmail.
Microsoft’s own Chris Jones wrote in a blog post, "We think the time is right to reimagine email," as he announced the service."So today, we're introducing a preview of Outlook.com. 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."
Eventhough the new webmail appears to borrow from the Microsoft Office desktop messaging client, other have commented that Outlook.com has it's own Metro-like UI, rather than the familiar web browser experience. Microsoft boast that the interface is much cleaner and without the clutter that most people are accustomed to, and also use the Exchange Active Sync to power your mail, calendar and people experience on your smartphone, tablet, and the new Outlook 2013 Preview. For email messages that contain Office documents, Outlook.com is designed to integrate with the Office Web Apps by enabling instant previews of the documents within the browser window.
The Outlook.com address book is expected to seamlessly integrate between email and social networking accounts, and can sync contacts while providing tools for the various networking activities without leaving the site.
Plenty of unlimited inbox storage space like the previous Exchange and Hotmail, along account protection and spam filtering. Power user s will certainly like to be in control to fine tune the own personal inbox, and personal preferences.
More of the details can be found in the Introductory Outlook.com blog post. http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-outlook/archive/2012/07/31/introducing-outlook-com-modern-email-for-the-next-billion-mailboxes.aspx