Hotmail is evolving, and about time. Hotmail for a number of years at least in the tech sector has been moved out to the sidelines of the email services that are associated with a unprofessional and outdated approach to email. Hotmail was never originally a Microsoft product, like many of the everyday Microsoft applications used in the enterprise and the public space it was a purchase made to fill a gap. For many years Hotmail and the Hotmail team operated pretty much outside of the sphere of influence of the main Microsoft teams. They were an entity unto themselves, that is until the introduction of the 'Live' platform. Hotmail integrated with Live in more of an SSO (Single Sign On) capacity. Many of us have a Hotmail / Live account simply for this purpose, or for use simply as a spam catcher.
The service provided was never bad especially for those who needed occasional email services. With the introduction of Gmail many moons ago the tech community took a shift. It was not longer looked upon as acceptable to put a @hotmail.com address onto your CV or resume. Even as Microsoft added more features to the platform it could never really shake the stigma of the name.
Outlook.com is not an evolution of the platform, it takes the brand throws it overboard and starts all over again from the ground up. So much so that you can even apply for a @outlook.com email address. If you act fast you might even get your actual name. I am email@example.com . This is not the best part though. The interface is **all Metro**. Don't be put off by this, Metro is good. Honestly, **Metro is good!** Outlook.com is not just good though, its amazing. Clean, fast, elegant and with integration into your existing email services. If you are still having doubts about the Metro interface that Microsoft are moving to, please, try outlook.com. Spend a few minutes playing with it sending and receiving emails. You will become a convert.
I don't think I'm ready to move over from Gmail just yet though. I am pretty locked into the platform with all my devices and calendars synced into the platform and the fact that my main os is OS X Mountain Lion. We shall see how Microsoft moves into this space with the new versions of Office for Mac before I think about moving over.
If you are still a Hotmail.com user, its time to move. Metro is coming whether you like it or not. Think of this as a first taste before you have to eat all the cake because it is going to be the only cake on the table.
Take a look at the following video for a quick overview and rundown of outlook.com