Over 25 million active user are no Outlook.com since its launch in July. "To date, over 25 million of you are already actively using the new Outlook.com," Microsoft stated.
To mark this momentum, Microsoft also announced of making it even easier for Gmail users to switch to the new email service.
Microsoft also revealed that it has hired a research firm to bring Gmail users on board - "We asked the Gmail users to sign-up for Outlook.com addresses, forward email from Gmail to Outlook.com, and try Outlook.com's best features. The Gmail users loved it," the company stated.
Adding, "The best part was, after spending just five days with it, 4 out of 5 of these Gmail users said they would switch to Outlook.com," the company said. Even the user shared the following opinions:
- "They prefer Outlook.com's clean user design
- Outlook.com does a better job of blocking spam and it outperforms Gmail when it comes to helping manage unwanted messages like newsletters and daily deals
- Outlook.com makes it easier to share photos and Office documents."
Outlook.com is also adding some new features, which will be "rolling out in the coming weeks" alogn with a new Android app. The features include:
- "A "one-click" Archive offering a fast and simple way to move messages out of your inbox to find later. Just select messages and click the Archive button to move them to your Archive (or any other) folder
- More keyboard shortcuts, including a shortcut to get to the shortcuts. Soon, you'll be able to just hit the question mark - ? key from the inbox to get a list of keyboard shortcuts, very useful for us part time keyboard shortcut users.
- New color themes and the ability to toggle between "Reply" and "Reply All" as the default option
- Ability to set option to return to the inbox, or to the next message, after deleting a message," informs Microsoft.
"Many of us use Outlook.com as much on our phones as we do on a PC. For devices like Windows Phone and iPhone that support Exchange ActiveSync, you have built-in support for Outlook.com - no download necessary. Android devices aren't consistent in their native support for Exchange ActiveSync, so starting today you can install an Outlook.com for Android on your mobile phone," Micosoft adds.
Key features of Outlook.com Android appinclude:
- ?Get email messages right away with push notifications
- Sync with your calendar and device contacts
- View and sync standard and custom folders, including sub-folders
- Send, receive, and view photos and other attachments
- Use with multiple Outlook.com accounts."
The new app is free and works on all Android 2.x devices and higher and is available on Google Play.
Mozilla and Microsoft also introduced new Firefox with MSN, "a version of the popular Web browser that includes default MSN settings."
"Now Firefox users who are interested in staying in the know can use Firefox with MSN without having to take extra steps to navigate or customize their settings to MSN,' Microsoft said.
Those already running the latest version of Firefox, can just download the Add-on to set the same preferences here.