On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a major revamp of its email service, with the Metro UI being brought to Hotmail / Live users, and with a name change to Outlook.com.Existing Hotmail users can easily switch to the new Outlook.com from the settings pane in their email accounts, while others are also welcomed to the service.
Apparently, the new clean, modern interface of Microsoft’s email service attracted a lot of users on its side.
In the first six hours of availability alone, Outlook.com got one million users switching to it. More of them are expected to make the move soon, either through migrating their accounts or through creating new ones.
“One million people have signed up for a new, modern email experience at http://Outlook.com. Thanks,” Microsoft announced through the official @Outlook account on Twitter only six hours after announcing the launch of the service via the same social networking site.
Of course, there’s no telling for how long the service will continue to see this kind of interest, but chances are that the number of people joining Outlook.com will indeed rise fast in the coming days.
As mentioned above, the new email service brings along a cleaner interface, with more room for messages and less ads, while also enabling users to enjoy mail, calendar and people on their smartphones, tablets and PCs through Exchange ActiveSync.
The Outlook.com inbox will easily display photos, status updates and chats with friends, for a more socially connected experience.
Additionally, the service was designed to sort out messages from contacts, newsletters, shipping updates, and social updates, enabling users to easily get the email they want through setting up powerful rules via the Sweep features.
Another great capability of Outlook.com is the fact that it puts users in control of the ads they receive. Emails and conversations are kept personal, and people are those who choose whether to have their accounts connected with social networks.
Available only as a preview at the moment, Outlook.com offers the same features to all @hotmail.com, @msn.com and @live.com users. Moreover, it enables people to sign up for a @outlook.com account right away.
You can learn more on the new Outlook.com through the video walkthrough embedded below.