Today Microsoft has announced a major overhaul to their online email service, Hotmail.
Pointless sidenote: Somebody told me about Hotmail back in 1997 and I originally had the address firstname.lastname@example.org but lost it when I forgot about the account. When I next logged in, after Microsoft had acquired it (around 1999 I think), the nearest I could get to snr included a 4-digit number tagged on the end….
Anyways, back to the subject of this post. Microsoft have announced a new updated version of the service that will use the domain Outlook.com named after their popular email client. However, the interface is not Outlook as we know it but instead adopts the new Metro user interface being introduced with Windows 8 and also being applied to just about all of Microsoft’s online services.
Here’s a screenshot (click on it to view larger):
Should enjoy an empty inbox while it lasts…
Note the sidebar down the right side of the screen. Lots of emphasis on social networks and sharing contacts and content.
Here’s a preview video from Microsoft
Interesting to see Skype integration highlighted. Lots more details and screenshots included in the Verge article, link below.
Source: The Verge, 31 July 2012