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Microsoft has launched a preview version of its upcoming new email service Outlook.com, which should replace the once-dominant Hotmail service in the months and years to come.

Microsoft has launched a preview version of its upcoming new email service Outlook.com, which should replace the once-dominant Hotmail service in the months and years to come.

 
The new email service will allow people to use their existing email addresses or sign up for a new @outlook.com one.
 
The web-based email network is designed to employ a modern approach to email, taking advantage of huge shifts in user activity online, such as the boom in social media. This latter point will be a particular focus, with integration of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, and soon Skype, so that people don't need to leave their inboxes to keep up to date with friends.
 
Some of the other touted features include a new user interface with less clutter, the removal of display ads and search boxes, automatic sorting of emails such as newsletters and social updates, and built-in smartphone and tablet compatibility.
 
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Microsoft also took a dig at Google by saying “we don't scan your email content or attachments and sell this information to advertisers,” hoping to win back support by marketing Outlook.com as a more privacy-conscious email experience.
 
“We think the time is right to reimagine personal email, from the datacenter to the user experience,” said Chris Jones, Corporate VP of Windows Live at Microsoft. “So today we’re introducing a preview of Outlook.com.”
 
While Microsoft has not announced plans to close down Hotmail, which launched back in 1996, it seems like it will only be a matter of time, as Hotmail is far less popular than it used to be, largely eclipsed by Google's Gmail, which took advantage of Hotmail's small storage space by offering 1GB for emails. Hotmail users are now being offered the chance to "upgrade" to Outlook, which is likely the first death knell for the old webmail service.
 
Microsoft will now be able to unify its email brand with the Outlook client, which will be getting a revamp in the new Office package, and it will also be able to abandon any negativity surrounding the image of Hotmail, such as the rampant growth of spam and a number of hacks that exposed the details of many users.
 
The preview can be found at Outlook.com.
 
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