Microsoft renames Hotmail to Outlook, adds Metro layout and Skype

By Shawn Knight
Jul 31, 2012
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  1. Hotmail has been synonymous with the Internet for as long as I can remember but despite maintaining over 325 million monthly active users, the end of an era is near. Microsoft has decided to ditch the Hotmail brand in favor…

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  2. spectrenad

    spectrenad TS Rookie Posts: 97   +18

    nice, just tried it and it's really clean. + it seems faster.
  3. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +193

    Yep, love it so far!
  4. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +86

    I don't know if it's too many people trying it at the same time, buy I just tried it and it froze. I can't even delete an email. .. :( FAIL
  5. mojorisin23

    mojorisin23 TS Booster Posts: 109   +14

    Looks a bit like Gmail.

    I'm more waiting to see how skype integrates and how well that works. VERY skeptical!
  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,373   +310

    Sorry but this is too gmail ish... and what is with the box fetish microsoft? seriously and I hate that it looks tooooo much like gmail+win 8 box fetish all in one I would rather keep the old design of hotmail but try it with the outlook colors and also.... why change the name? Its not like its gonna change anything its like apple renaming to orange it would change absolutely nothing!
  7. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 862   +353

    I've had an @hotmail account since it first started. It's my "keep it out of my regular email" place. Anytime I buy something off the net, or some app/program/website just has to have an address, it gets the one. I regularly empty my junk folder of 50-100 emails PER DAY.
  8. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +45

    Most likely I will not be using this thing at all. It's kind of hard for me to use something whenever my guts are telling me that we are trying to "re-invent" the wheel here! I know that things change, I know about innovation, I know about creative marketing, again, I know things change and this type of an e-mail service is just part of that change, "instant text" "regular e-mail", "live chat through the provider" bells and whistles and bells and whistles, I know that this is just a small sliver of more things to come, but for me, I'm not buying it.

    I'm a very simple guy, and when I find something that works for myself I almost never give it up! I am missing the days when an e-mail service was just that, being just basic e-mail. Why all the added bloat to this so called new Outlook. I just want the e-mail, no video, no in e-mailing calling, no live text chat, just give me the e-mail only. Plus if I truly want to use Outlook, I'll use what I consider to be the real one, and that is my Microsoft Outlook that came stock with my Microsoft Office 2007, which is linked via POP3 to my account!
    learninmypc and cliffordcooley like this.
  9. The new interface is great, better than Gmail in fact. The backend needs sorted out though, also the features don't work as well as Gmail (e.g. the spam filter) or are just outright missing (e.g. grouped conversations).
  10. kpeckett

    kpeckett TS Rookie

    The upgrade link is not there - I click options in my Windows Live Mail, and it gives me options for the reading pane (Off, Right or Bottom) and a more options link - where's the button?
  11. I have had several hotmail accounts FOREVER and I recently secured a unique email address. I DO NOT want an address and WILL NOT use it. If I wanted outlook I would use outlook on my computer. I will move all my accounts to g-mail and microsoft can take a great big jump in the lake!
  12. Kneep

    Kneep TS Rookie Posts: 43

    This is Brilliant! Gona ditch my installed email program and use this from now on. It's so much faster and they finally nuked the stupid adds, A++++ Microsoft!
  13. Living up to your username, I see.

    Microsoft's domination of virtualization will be similar to their domination of the cell phone and portable music player industries.
  14. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,293   +55

    You actually officially have to alert all your email senders? I think Microsoft needs Bill Gates back.
    Zen likes this.
  15. Obviously emails will continue to work, which is why they said create an alias. You can use both, like or Of course all new emails will be created
  16. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,553   +332

    Ok, I haven't read all the comments in here yet, but is it my understanding if I do nothing with my hotmail account, it'll be deleted by MS? I've had mine since ????
  17. My inbox is definitely better - well done Microsoft ! The calendar has the old look though so it seems it is still a work in progress.
  18. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91


    Tried it and it is <I>really</I> good. It just feels so fast and fresh.

    I will forward all my Gmail e-mails to this. Will try this for an entire week and see if I can replace Gmail. I would just for the interface alone, but Gmail is still very powerful; so we'll see...
  19. Can someone please tell me how to remove the stupid adds on the right-hand side.
    Why it is not that simple - give us an option to turn that sh**t off....
  20. RajeGera

    RajeGera TS Rookie Posts: 50

    I am wondering for the those who used to create 100s of emails in a day.Now they have to manipulate their code to adjust with new features and extension.I had been doing the same for years..:)
  21. Zoltan Head

    Zoltan Head TS Booster Posts: 247   +27

    Good idea changing the name to Outlook, seems instantly familiar somehow...
  22. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,159   +67

    The serial killer in the first photo really frightens me.
  23. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,553   +332

    Simply go to
  24. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,553   +332

    Ok,I think I've answered my own question. I just went to & found my inbox with the same thats in the one so I'm going to delete everything in hotmail. Yes, sometimes change does suck.
  25. supertech

    supertech TS Member Posts: 84   +10

    Looks good, very clean and much more appealing to the eye.

    Kind of looks like Office365 Exchange services.

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