Microsoft Unveils New Consumer Webmail Service Called Outlook.com
Microsoft also expects that Outlook.com will draw people away from competing consumer webmail services like Google's Gmail and Yahoo Mail.
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.