There is a new email service offered from Microsoft called Outlook.com. I think it especially handy for anyone over fifty, because it pulls everything you need into one place. I've had my account for a while, and I like how it works on an iPad as well as a desktop. Haven't see too many people using it yet. I wonder why it isn't catching on.
It has a number of great features, including integration with SkyDrive so you can view, edit and share Microsoft Office files. That can come in real handy if you're on the road. It comes with 7 GB of free storage space: That's enough for approximately 20,000 Office documents or 7,000 photos.
Another feature I like, is it can pull in all of your contacts from LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, and you can enable a chat right in the program if you want to. Open an email from a contact, and instantly view their latest update and profile picture in the right pane. When you connect Facebook or Twitter to Outlook.com, you'll be able to see your friends' status updates and Tweets right from your inbox.
In the video below, the young man compares Outlook to Gmail. The video is six months old; shortly after Outlook was launched.
You can also upgrade from Hotmail, or Gmail or just setup an account and play around with it for a few days to see how you like it.
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