MS To Cancel Hotmail – Launch Instead – Head to head with Gmail?
Microsoft has just announced a move that will single the end of its old Hotmail service and a move to a new web based platform entitled This is part of a broader move from software – Microsoft’s heritage – into services, which operate both online and offline. is going to compete directly with Gmail – arguably Google’s most successful service. Both seem to have somewhat similar modern design and both will use contextual ads although will only look at the subject line and not the entire text in order to display the adds. will work on all existing platforms including smartphones and tablets and will let you sort your mail into categories and different types of e-mails will receive different handling – for example e-mails with attachments will go into “document quick view” while e-mails with images will go into “photos view”.
It’s not surprising to find out that just like Google which integrated its own Google+ into Gmail, Microsoft also decided to do some social network integration of its own into As Microsoft and Facebook have some deep connections (MS owns shares at Facebook) using it as the default social network was an obvious choice. Other connections will include Skype (also now owned by MS) as well as Twitter and Linkedin. will come with all the treditional web mail features including what MS called “virtually unlimited storage” advanced spam protection, and other security features. also should work with the Outlook desktop application, and as you’d expec – it’s free.

Users of Hotmail can log into using their existing account (we did and it worked without any issues). For the time being MS is going to keep both services but the general idea will be to scrap Hotmail in favor of the newer slicker
You can watch these videos which will give you a peek into

More information can be found on the MS outlook blog and of course on the site.