Review on the Preview of Microsoft outlook.com email:
August 1, 2012
I decided to sign up for an outlook email from outlook.com and check out the preview of the new Microsoft outlook email system. After filling in the requested information, I was greeted by a "Welcome to your new inbox" screen. Here I found some info on some of the great features of the free microsoft outlook email. You can use the Word, Excel and PowerPoint free web apps, you get for free 7GB of cloud storage, and social network integration. On the right was a short video demonstrating some highlights.
After the video finished, I then went to my new outlook email inbox. Welcome to the Outlook.com Preview was waiting there for me. I clicked and begun my journey with Microsoft's new email. With outlook.com you will have a unified experience with its integration of Office Web Apps, Skype, Skydrive, Twitter, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn.
The left pane of the Outlook email area provides you with the means to search emails, to display the contents of the Inbox, Junk, Drafts, Sent and Deleted. You can add new folders and the Quick View area, just underneath allows you to see Documents, Flagged emails, Photos, Shipping Updates (see emails with tracking numbers) and add new categories.
On the top right there is a messaging icon that once clicked opens a right pane for messaging. If you click at the bottom right of this pane you can add Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr and Blog RSS Feeds.
On the top left there sits the Outlook image link. By hovering over it and then clicking on it, you open up icons for Mail, People, Calendar and SkyDrive. I selected the Metro style People Tile. Here is where you can immediately add people to your contact list from Facebook Friends, Google Contacts, LinkedIn Contacts, Twitter Contacts and Import Contacts from Microsoft Outlook.
I then went to Calendar area where you have the capability of adding a new calendar with day, week and month views, as well as Agenda and To-do list. I then clicked on SkyDrive, where you can create Word, Excel, PowerPoint and One Note Notebook files. Though this just a preview, I can see how seamless it is to jump between all of Microsoft's services.
Anticipating the Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet and the next Windows 8 phone to go along with, I will crub my impatience and feed off Outlook.com for the moment.