Microsoft replacing Hotmail with upgraded Outlook

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by tgell, Jul 31, 2012.

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  1. Greg S

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    I understand that, and I guess my main concern is losing any existing mail with either decision.
     
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    I'm not sure if you're talking about simply creating an alias, or actually renaming your account, but both preserve all your mail, settings, data, everything.
     
  3. Victek

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    OK, I went ahead and renamed an old Hotmail.com address to an Outlook.com address. Afterward the hotmail.com address did become an alias. I could still send email to the hotmail address. I was given the option to create a separate folder to segregate the incoming email, but chose to use the same inbox. I don't think it makes a difference beyond this.

    I also use Windows Live Mail and I needed to change the email address to the new Outlook.com in the server settings for that account since you can't send/receive mail using the alias.
     
  4. kC_

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    wow the 22 hotmail users worldwide must be happy :rolleyes:
     
  5. elapsed

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    Yeah especially since it's the 2nd most popular webmail service in the world.


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  6. Trooper

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    I have a hotmail account that I rarely used and just converted over. Nice job on the changes!
     
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    and before anybody else embarks on the silly number arguments game and goes off topic, this is a welcome change for the majority of existing users and any new members. Everybody else enjoy whatever you have now.
     
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    It looks like Metro.

    Four words: KILL IT WITH FIRE.

    But seriously folks the old Hotmail interface was horrid while I don't particularly like this new one at least it's not as ugly as the old one.

    Side note, I have and will forever stick with my @msn.com email.
     
  9. Victek

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    LOL. Fortunately it only has what I'd call a Metro theme :) . The main thing I notice is it's responsive. I'm used to webmail UIs plodding along, but this is snappy enough that it may not be necessary to keep using a separate email client - not sure about that yet.
     
  10. Noob

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    I still wonder why Hotmail is a lot faster than my GMail account. I've always wondered why GMail takes a few seconds to load while in Hotmail it's instant. Probably due to HTML5?

    That's one of the reasons that i prefer Hotmail over GMail although i have accounts in both. :D
     
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    Yes Gmail always takes some time to load. Hotmail has always been faster to me. But I like Gmail better. :)
     
  12. TheKid7

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    Is anyone having any trouble with Outlook.com Mail?

    I switched from Hotmail to Outlook.com shortly after this Thread was started. I just encountered the following two problems:

    1. I noticed that several EMails (Some from Inbox and some from Sent) which I had "Moved" to another Folder have disappeared. The movement of the EMails was done several times over recent days. I looked at the adjacent Folders and I have not been able to find them.

    2. I just tried repeatedly to attach an AES-256 Encrypted ZIP file (Made with 7-Zip) to an EMail with all attempts ending in an error during each upload attempt.

    I then successfully used Yahoo Mail to EMail the AES-256 Encrypted ZIP file.
     
  13. Victek

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    Were you able to send zip files previously using Hotmail? I use Windows Live Mail and have no trouble sending or receiving zips with my outlook.com address - can't say why you wouldn't be able to do so through the web interface.
     
  14. Noob

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    I tried to grab some Outlook addresses since it was a new domain but it seems they are all taken . . . Oh well. :D :rolleyes:
     
  15. Raza0007

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    Are you surprised! Even though it is currently open only to US residents, still resourceful people from all over the world have managed to get an account. I myself have made over 3 dozen accounts for my international friends... :D
     
  16. Noob

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    Hahahaha, i tried with 4 different emails and all were taken, i'll stick with Hotmail . . . :D
     
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    I made some @outlook accounts but I think I'll stick with my @live.
     
  18. chrisretusn

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    Minor point. All three of my accounts had the option available to upgrade to Outlook.com; which I did. I do not live in the US.
     
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    I wish they would add complete disabling of junk filtering, at least the automated filtering. Without it, I can't use it with Thunderbird, because messages flagged as "junk" don't go through POP at all. I need to be able to see everything and decide for myself what is junk and what isn't, because I've seen Thunderbird's filter flag many legitimate messages. Outlook's filtering flagged my test messages sent from my ISP-issued email account.

    Unless I can't find it, all I'm seeing are two options for levels of filtering.
     
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    Yes, only two options are available but you can mark wrong detections as "safe". I very rarely experience false positives (may be one per year or less) so whitelisting should do the job.
     
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    Yes, of course I can do that. My concern is that I can't rely on a desktop client anymore because I won't even see the flagged messages. I'd have to switch entirely to the website for checking email, because I never know when a new message that needs to be whitelisted will show up.

    Although, Thunderbird would still be useful if I wanted to archive messages offline.
     
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    Not really, the spam filter is not bad at all and false positives are rare, if any.
    Just train it (use web interface and whitelist) during the first two/three weeks of use.
    Then you can go back to Thunderbird.
     
  24. Victek

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    What OS do you run? If you're using Windows you could use Windows Live Mail which syncs with Outlook.com - you will see what gets classified as "junk" and you can white-list (and vice versa).
     
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