|11 Dec 2013||#1|
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Outlook.com makes it even easier to switch from Gmail
Today, we are announcing a new service that makes it easier than ever to import your Gmail account to Outlook.com. This will be rolling out to everyone over the coming weeks, so if you don't have access to it yet, check back soon.
Growing frustration with outdated email services
When we first launched Outlook.com, we set out to shake up the world of personal email. We wanted to build a service that was personal and designed for modern devices, with a clean user experience and smart and powerful tools that let our customers get things done faster. The response to our work with Outlook.com has been overwhelmingly positive and we continue to be humbled by how much so many of our customers love using it.
At the same time, there are people who aren't quite as happy with their email service. For example, discontent with Gmail seems to be on the rise. According to a recent study* by market research firm Ipsos, nearly 1 in 4 consumers would switch email providers if it was easier to do. That same study also highlighted the areas that customers identified as most important; these include ensuring ads don't interfere with the email experience (70%), offering advanced spam filters (69%), providing an easy-to-understand user interface (67%), and not scanning the contents of email to serve ads (58%). We have focused on many of these areas with Outlook.com, and so for those looking to make a change in their personal email provider, Outlook.com is a natural choice.
It's easier than ever to switch
Of course, even if you are frustrated with your current provider, the thought of switching to a new service can seem daunting. So we've introduced new functionality right into Outlook.com that does the heavy lifting for you. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps to connect your Gmail account (using OAuth) to your Outlook.com account (if you don't already have one, it's easy to get). This will import your Gmail emails into your Outlook.com inbox and, because you've connected both accounts, your Google contacts will automatically appear in Outlook.com. The structure of your inbox, including read/unread status of your emails, will be preserved. The new tool will even set up your Gmail address as a "send-only" account so you can continue to send email from your @gmail.com address, right from Outlook.com, if you still want to.
How it works
Below is an overview of how the process works. For detailed instructions, including information on your Gmail labels, you can visit our help site.
Read more at source: Outlook Blog - Outlook.com makes it even easier to switch from Gmail
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|19 Dec 2013||#6|
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It's cloud-based and not the same thing as the Outlook that's part of the Office suite.
I jumped from Hotmail to Outlook as soon as I could and have only recently started getting a bit of spam. Best feature is the ability to set email aliases - I can have tons of addresses connected to my Microsoft account and all the emails arrive in a single Inbox; for a couple of gaming-related newsletters and stuffs I have a separate folder for the gaming alias I use - and it's perfect.
Even with the few outages that have happened on Outlook.com I was never really affected.
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