Microsoft is replacing its Hotmail service with Outlook.com and from the looks of it, the service is bound to get more and more subscribers.
In an announcement on its Twitter account, Microsoft’s Outlook.com announced that more than one million people have signed up for the new service less than a day after Microsoft has launched it.
It said: One million people have signed up for a new, modern email experience at http://Outlook.com . Thanks! #outlookpreview pic.twitter.com/1xOGiAKd
On the outlook blog, Microsoft said that its new Outlook.com service will cater to people who want “modern email designed for the next billion mailboxes.”
Hotmail has been offered by Microsoft for the longest time. In fact, Hotmail was introduced by the Redmond, Washington-based software giant back in 1996. It predates Yahoo Mail and Gmail but the service has lost in terms of popularity to the newer services offered by its competitors.
With a simplified approach, Microsoft aims to regain market share from its rivals.
One feature which Microsoft hopes will set apart Outlook.com is its newsletter auto-detect feature. Once the service detects that an email is a newsletter, it will segregate this email into a newsletter folder which will give the user the option to unsubscribe easily with a one-click unsubscribe button.
Outlook.com also has tight integration with social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter straight from the inbox. Like the newsletter feature, emails from social media sites get automatically separated into their own folder so you won’t have to set up filters like those in Gmail to organize your inbox.
Furthermore, Outlook.com inboxes will have Word, Excell, Powerpoint and SkyDrive with Skype coming soon, Microsoft said.
For those interested, here are some videos from Microsoft for Outlook.com