Last week, Microsoft announced that Outlook.com now has over 25 million active users. Now, the "devices and services" company starting next week, will begin to encourage Hotmail users to move to the new web mail service. And it seems some Hotmail users will start seeing persuasive messages appear on their Hotmail accounts over this weekend, but the main push will begin next week.
"We've kind of done it a little bit here and there, but we're going to send an email and start using some of our own display advertising to actively reach out to Hotmail users," says David Law, Director of Product Management at Outlook.com.
Meanwhile, in a blog post, Brandon LeBlanc announced of a new features "Archive" is rolling out ot Outlook.com to help manage email. "This new feature in Outlook.com is designed to make it super easy to archive email into whatever folder you want or have Outlook.com create an Archive folder for you," posted LeBlanc.
All you need to do is click on any message and then click the "Archive" button at the top (alternatively you can right-click on a message and choose "Archive" too).
Also, available now is the new Calendar on Modern look Outlook.com.
Also, for emails that need immediate attention or follow-up, can instead be Flagged, as they stay at the top of inbox.
Outlook.com also allow creating aliases, "separate email addresses from the main email address you use for Outlook.com (your Microsoft account)" that help managing email "traffic flow" and can be used for some specific purpose.
In addition, you can also set up message rules to automatically sort your email as it comes through.
Sweep (Schedule Cleanup) can be set up to keep your inbox clean. You can schedule "cleanups" where inbox gets "sweeped" based on specific messages, or have specific emails from certain people moved or deleted older than 10 days.
Outlook.com, since integrates with SkyDrive can help you send files and photos, without worry about attachment size limits.
And, those who want to personalize, here are the features:
- Personalization. Clicking the little gadget icon next to your name at the top right, let you pick a color theme of your choice, turning off the reading pane (or having it appear on the bottom versus right of your screen). You can also go into more mail settings here too.
- Turn on/off conversation threading. You can turn this off or on in your mail settings.
- And, those uses keyboard, if you press the "?" key on your keyboard in Outlook.com, you'll get a list of keyboard shortcuts, including the same shortcuts used in Gmail and Yahoo! Mail.