Microsoft Previews, Targets at Competitors (Video)

Microsoft introduces 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, 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 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: 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: 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.
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Here is an introduction video of

Here is another video to show you more on

I am still exploring it. If you really want to know more, you can read the blog post from Microsoft.

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