/// Is Hotmail Hotter Now That It’s Outlook.com?
Goodbye, Hotmail. Microsoft is giving its 16-year-old Web-email service a total overhaul and a new name. And the results are impressive. Starting this week, it will be called Outlook.com. This is part of a new Microsoft strategy to use “Outlook” as the name for all its email offerings. I’ve been using a pre-release version of this new email service for the past seven days and it includes dozens of smart features that simplify the otherwise-exasperating process of managing your email inbox. Examples include optional one-click scheduled cleanups of mail that delete all but the last message you got from someone; a safe, built-in way to unsubscribe from newsletters; and easy methods for creating email sorting rules for new and old messages. I cut the number of emails in my inbox in half after the first day of using Outlook.com. The new Web-email service also incorporates social networks like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, displaying profile photos and status updates alongside email messages. And yes, you’ll have the option of getting a new, @Outlook.com address, though you can also opt to stick with your @hotmail.com address. Though Hotmail is still the leading Web email service world-wide with over 325 million users, according to comScore Inc., Yahoo and Google’s Gmail dominate in the U.S. This is just one of many dramatic moves at Microsoft this summer.
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Is Hotmail Hotter Now That It’s Outlook.com?