Microsoft introduces Outlook.com as a preview. It is touted to be a modern, clutter free, no advertising email portal and definitely aiming at its competitors. It can integrates your social network, emails and in future, Skype.
The first time I logged in to Outlook.com, I can feel that it is really clutter-free. The header is smaller, the content column is much larger (actually it is adjustable).
Highlights of the Outlook.com preview (copy from the email of Microsoft PR):
- Modern experience for modern browsers and devices: A fresh, clean user interface that’s intuitive to use, works across your devices with Exchange ActiveSync, and gets the clutter out of your way with 60% fewer pixels in the header and 30% more messages visible in your inbox. Plus no display ads or large search boxes that take up that extra space.
- Connected to friends and co-workers, wherever they are: Outlook.com preview is connected to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, and soon, Skype. You can view pictures of your friends, messages, status updates, chats, calls – all powered by an always up-to-date contact list that is similarly connected to those networks.
- Smart and Powerful: Outlook.com automatically sorts your messages from contacts, newsletters, shipping updates, and social updates, and with sweep you can move or delete them in a few clicks. Plus, the service includes free Office Web Apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, as well as SkyDrive.
- Puts you in control: Keeps your personal mail personal (no ads in person-to-person mails and no scanning your personal mail to serve ads), and has great tools for power users.
Here is an introduction video of Outlook.com
Here is another video to show you more on Outlook.com
I am still exploring it. If you really want to know more, you can read the blog post from Microsoft.