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Well, I'm finally an Outlook.com user

Back in July, I blogged that the Outlook.com release freaked me out. Fast forward about six months and I’m finally an Outlook.com user. The truth is, I don’t hate it as much as I thought I would.

This morning I was explaining the impending wholesale change from Hotmail.com to Outlook.com to a colleague and wanted to show him the difference. I logged into my Hotmail.com account as I do every day to show him the interface. I then logged out and logged into Outlook.com with my Hotmail address to show him the Outlook.com interface. I didn’t realize I’d be waving goodbye to my Hotmail interface forever.

We both noted the semi-cleaner Outlook.com interface and change to a blue task bar. I’d seen this all before. When I went to switch back to the Hotmail.com interface (sorry, I’m a creature of habit), I noticed that the option was no longer there:

From there, I Googled – sorry, I mean Binged — “how to switch outlook.com interface back to Hotmail.com” and quickly found out that it was no longer an option.

While I don’t like the fact that I was no longer given the option to use Hotmail, nor a heads up as a Hotmail.com user, I understand that it’s part of Microsoft’s plan to get all their services under uniform product names.

Faced with my new life as an Outlook.com user, I decided to send some messages to test it out. I must admit, though it’s much different, I really like the new mail sending interface.

As you can see above, it takes up the majority of the screen. You can enter recipients’ email addresses in the To: field on the left-hand side of the page and autofill is still an available and much appreciated option here.

I’m sure it will take some time to get used to this new way of doing things, but I’m looking forward to it, as I’m looking forward to the Office 365 rollout next week. It’s certainly an exciting time to be a Microsoft customer.

And I always have my Gmail account to turn to if things don’t work out.

What do you think about the upcoming Office 365 rollout or the Outlook.com change? Write and let me know.

Until next time,

Matt

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