In appearing to finally do something other than offer up the awful Hotmail web based email solution, Microsoft has released Outlook.com, a web based email system they say is a “modern experience for modern browsers and devices.”
If numbers are any indication, they are off to a good start.
Microsoft launched its new Metro-style webmail service Outlook.com two weeks ago, and it looks like users are switching over to the Hotmail replacement at a pretty steady clip. Alongside its complete SkyDrive revamp, the company has announced that over 10 million have signed up for the service. The last number we heard was a rather impressive one million users in 24 hours, and while that pace has dropped off a bit, it’s still impressive growth. Of course, the stats may be thrown off just a bit by eager users claiming vanity email addresses before they’re all snatched up — have you secured yours yet?
I do agree with their sentiment that many of the users are signing up to get the email address they want and aren’t actually using the service. I know this because I am one of those people.
That being said, I have played around with it a little and thus far I am very impressed. Here are the reasons why:
- I wasn’t forced to connect an existing Microsoft account to sign up. Signing up was very easy and fast.
- You only need to get a text message to verify your account and enter a code. After that, you are good to go.
- The interface is very minimal and clean. There are ads, but they sit to the right of the screen and aren’t noticeable.
- You can connect to your Gmail account, Facebook and Twitter.
Here is a snapshot video of the service:
And here is a screenshot of the interface:
Have you tried it out yet?
What do you think?