If they did something about spam that manages to hijack your email box even when you haven't used the damn thing in over a year and block you so you can't get in.... over and over and over again. Maybe I would think about it. I don't even use it for signing up on sites because Gmail manages my spam really well and I NEVER have problems with it sending virus emails to everyone in my address book.
I use outlook for work and find it very agreeable the fact that it is on your computer and not web based is fab it gives you a control over your storage and availability to information even in an internet crash. However if they are going to make it web based then it will t have the same appeal and i would stay with google, especially as so many of my products and services are now google.
This is as +Mawdo Jawo says appears to be a facelift in an attempt to retain custom
I guess based on the blogger and other media reactions - must be a giant leap forward from the hotmail but when I look at the outlook preview - I don't see anything exciting compared to gmail. I have been trying it in Chrome on Lion so not sure if it looks different/better in IE9 on Win8.
The Hotmail was my first webmail. When I visited Azarbizan in 2000(I don't remember the exact year) I found a internet service vendor that only provide Email sending by Hotmail. They had only one PC and there no other internet cafe in that town.
First thoughts are: Doesn't bode well for a Skype Web App in the Chrome Store. To me it does make sense for Microsoft to consolidate their many flavours of webmail under the Outllook brand, which is so common place in the (local) enterprise environment.
I've moved my Hotmail account over. Very simple. I still use Gmail as my main service but use Hotmail as one for stuff that may spam or become clutter. The new service allows you to keep your old address but can filter it for you.
I use GMail and Google+ and have Hotmail (although this is the address that goes on sites so is my SPAM email) and Outlook email addresses. Why limit yourself by brand when others have something to offer too? Fanboys, they are a mystical thing
I switched from hotmail to gmail years ago due to spams and ease of use. still like gmail better than outlook. Outlook is trying to be like Gmail, i guessed. But outlook has better design than hotmail.. :)
The name appears to have been selected by committee with zero creativity. I see why it was chosen - name recognition. But is it positive recognition? Most people who use Outlook associate it with work. IMHO, that is not a good thing.
Will be a big win as the aging hotmail platform still has many users by necessity... in 2001 the internet visionaries of the time were advising e-mail users to identify one "forever" e-mail address to ensure you have one always-active e-mail account to ensure people can find you years later. Many folks selected their hotmail accounts for their 'forever' addresses. So though it's now junk-laden and slow, many smart folks still use hotmail.