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1st August 2012, 12:44 AM #1
Bye bye Hotmail, hello Outlook.com
It seems that Hotmail is having a revamp as it ditches the 'Hotmail' brand and has a redesign of the interface as well as integrating Skype into the package. Should be interesting: BBC News - Hotmail replaced by Outlook.com in Microsoft shake-up
1st August 2012, 10:19 AM #2
So that's what the rather cumbersome email from Live@Edu was about!
Like the sound of the auto sort of personal and automated messages, nothing new tech wise but a neat idea if it works.
What does seem odd is the rebranding, whatever you think of the platform Hotmail is known worldwide whereas as it stands we could now end up with a conversation that could go something like...
"OK you're on Outlook, but hold on what you want is your Outlook Live account (Live@Edu) which isn't the same as Outlook on Office 365 which we haven't been upgraded to yet... also all these are different to the program called Outlook which is on your desktop"
Might end up being one of those branding choices that gets reversed in 6 months time when all the users are still calling it Outlook and getting utterly confused as to where their Hotmail account has gone.
1st August 2012, 10:23 AM #3
As far as I'm aware, Microsoft are still keeping @hotmail and @live domains, but optionally you can create an alias and have @Outlook too.
Apparently the new interface is a modern looking Outlook with Metro thrown into the mix. The Outlook interface remains unchanged (from what I've seen) and it works well. Microsoft are certainly making positive steps when it comes to e-mail.
1st August 2012, 10:26 AM #4
how do you set up an alias?
1st August 2012, 10:30 AM #5
login to outlook.com, settings on top right, about 7th option down create an alias.
Originally Posted by JJonas
So my hotmail account is 16 years old!
2 Thanks to Theblacksheep:
flyinghaggis (1st August 2012), JJonas (1st August 2012)
1st August 2012, 10:31 AM #6
Interface does feel very snappy which is a big improvement on before
1st August 2012, 10:41 AM #7
Cool! I got my full name as an alias, which is always nice
1st August 2012, 10:43 AM #8
Definitely! The forthcoming Skype integration is also a great idea.
Originally Posted by gshaw
1st August 2012, 10:47 AM #9
Something I keep noticing with current applications and my 24 inch screen is....
WHY IS EVERYTHING SO GOD DAMN BIG!!!
1st August 2012, 03:52 PM #10
- Rep Power
Has anyone else tried this yet? I can't seem to find the mail settings to link it to my mail application. tried mail.outlook.com and mail.hotmail.com.
1st August 2012, 05:17 PM #11
I set up 4 aliases, purely for the hell of it!
1st August 2012, 06:26 PM #12
Here are the settings you need.
Originally Posted by tj2419
Instructions on how to setup a smartphone with Outlook.com can be found here.
Incoming Mail: pop3.live.com (port 995)
Outgoing Mail: smtp.live.com (port 587 with TLS/SSL encryption)
1st August 2012, 06:36 PM #13
Wonderful refresh of Hotmail in my POV - then again I'm one of those who will be queuing up (if that turns out to be the right term or not I don't know!) outside John Lewis/whoever for a Microsoft Surface on launch day!
Jumped on a full name email address alias as well, won’t be changing permanently from my Hotmail address though anytime soon (not just because of the issues with Windows Phones).
1st August 2012, 07:21 PM #14
Just tried it, it's a nice update, certainly a lot less cluttered. Setup an alias using the same nick as well.
1st August 2012, 07:58 PM #15
I'm managed to get fullname.surname, little-miss (!) and purpleninja! Lol
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