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August 1, 2012

Outlook.com preview: Microsoft reinvents its online email offerings

Outlook.com Inbox Screenshot

Maybe you heard, but Microsoft launched a new email service today. No, not Hotmail — a completely new, built-from-scratch service. This is Outlook.com, and for the time being, at least, it will exist separately from Hotmail. So why didn’t Redmond just give Hotmail a drastic overhaul? Well, friends, there are two explanations. First, the polite one: for technical reasons, the engineers found it easier to build a new service from scratch rather than retrofit the old one. The frank answer: Microsoft is keenly aware Hotmail has a bad rap, thanks to those banners and flashy video ads. In fact, the company has been very candid that it wants not just to compete with Gmail, but siphon away some of its growing user base. As such, Outlook offers a fresh, minimal interface — far cleaner than Hotmail ever looked. What’s more, the ads are more pared-down here: no video adverts, and no targeted ads on messages between people (newsletters are still fair game).

The service is open to the public as of today and you get virtually unlimited storage, along with 7GB of SkyDrive space if you create a new Microsoft account. (Microsoft uses the word “virtually” to hedge itself against spammers who might otherwise use limitless storage to game the system.) And you should take our word when we say it’s worth giving the service a shot: we’ve been testing it for almost two weeks. Go get yourself situated and then meet us after the break for details, impressions and lots more screenshots.

Originally published by the Engadget. Read the original story here.

August 25, 2010

The best way to back up Microsoft Outlook

Email backup should be the simplest task in the backup calendar, but it rarely turns out to be so. Outlook – the market leader – is best used with a cloud of other Microsoft messaging system around it, but anyone who dares to use it on an isolated basis will have to watch out for themselves.

If your company has an Exchange server setup then the backups will do done for you on a periodic basis, usually a week, and all that is needed is a call to the sysadmin to get a restore. If you work for a small business, or are on your own, the world might be a lot more complicated.

This article assumes that email is not left on or used with an Exchange server, and that email backup from the client is a critical task. (more…)