Microsoft Unveils New Consumer Webmail Service Called Outlook.com
Microsoft has introduced its new foray into email, Outlook.com. One million people have already signed up to preview the service.
Microsoft also expects that Outlook.com will draw people away from competing consumer webmail services like Google's Gmail and Yahoo Mail.
With Outlook.com, Microsoft set out to "reimagine personal e-mail -- from the datacenter all the way to the user experience," wrote Microsoft official Chris Jones in a blog post.
Outlook.com features what Microsoft describes as "clean" and "intuitive" user interface that gives more prominence to messages and less to other elements, like headers and search boxes. It doesn't include display ads.
With Exchange ActiveSync, Outlook.com accounts can be synchronized across a variety of devices, and it features native integration with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google and, in the near future, Microsoft's own Skype.
Outlook appears to have been launched to pair with Windows 8, as it uses elements of the Metro interface, such as Windows 8's live tiles, and has a simplistic look.