Outlook.com completes upgrade for all Hotmail users, adds features

By Kip Kniskern | In Featured, News | Posted May 2, 2013 24 comments

outlook_com-logo-smOnly six weeks after starting an upgrade process to bring all 300 million + Hotmail users over to Outlook.com, the newly rebranded and refreshed consumer online email experience, Microsoft announced today in a blog post over at the Outlook blog that the process is complete.  There are now over 400 million users active on Outlook.com, including “125 million that are accessing email, calendar and contacts on a mobile device using Exchange ActiveSync”.

In addition to the completed transformation, which included migrating 150 petabytes of email, Outlook.com has added two new features: SMTP send (meaning an end to those “on behalf of” emails) and deeper integration with SkyDrive.

SMTP Send:

Previously in Outlook.com or Hotmail before it, you could send and receive email from other (for example gmail) accounts.  However, when sending, these mailings would not go through the original email service provider’s SMTP servers, and so would require that a “on behalf of” message be added to the outgoing email address, like this:

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Outlook.com has fixed the issue by routing your emails through the original account’s SMTP server, and so once you configure your accounts in Options>More Mail Settings>Your email accounts>add an email account, you can set your 3rd party email accounts as “send only” or “send and receive”, and Outlook.com will configure the SMTP servers properly.  Your 3rd party accounts must support POP or IMAP access (which almost everyone does).  SMTP Send is available worldwide now.

SkyDrive – insert files and pictures directly:

From the blog post:

Today, we’re excited to release the direct integration of SkyDrive into the Outlook.com compose experience. When you’re sending an email message, you can select files from your SkyDrive and we’ll automatically turn those into the right thumbnails with links that have the right permissions tied to people that receive the email. When you insert pictures from SkyDrive, you automatically get a beautiful photo mail. And it’s easy to edit the message, and add or remove files and pictures right from the new message compose experience.  This new integration is starting to roll out today and will be available worldwide in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to the Outlook.com team for completing the transition!

Posted May 2nd, 2013 at 9:31 am
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  • http://emanuel-alves.com/ Emanuel Alves

    I’m still waiting for the IMAP support :/

    • Jujubug

      Oh God, there’s always one in every bunch :o/

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001277198763 Nipurn Gupta

      I’m also waiting for IMAP support. Got Hotmail account 6 years ago & still wondering why did I chose Hotmail!!!

  • http://emanuel-alves.com/ Emanuel Alves

    I’m still waiting for the IMAP support :/

    • Jujubug

      Oh God, there’s always one in every bunch :o/

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001277198763 Nipurn Gupta

      I’m also waiting for IMAP support. Got Hotmail account 6 years ago & still wondering why did I chose Hotmail!!!

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    I guess this is the final “so long” to Hotmail. I love Outlook.com but the Hotmail brand is now gone..leaving behind a great legacy.

    • Fred A.

      I totally agree with you Hazell. I’ve used Hotmail (early 90’s) since before MS bought them. I too love Outlook.com…

      Congrats to the team for completing this overwhelming task.

      • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

        I wonder what they did with the Hotmail servers. They probably transformed them into Outlook.com servers, as that seems like the most practical thing to do.

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    I guess this is the final “so long” to Hotmail. I love Outlook.com but the Hotmail brand is now gone..leaving behind a great legacy.

    • Fred A.

      I totally agree with you Hazell. I’ve used Hotmail (early 90’s) since before MS bought them. I too love Outlook.com…

      Congrats to the team for completing this overwhelming task.

      • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

        I wonder what they did with the Hotmail servers. They probably transformed them into Outlook.com servers, as that seems like the most practical thing to do.

  • Peter Henkel

    And still is Outlook unusable for me. How long I’ll have to wait for Outlook to be pleasant to use?

    • James

      What’s not pleasant about it? It’s miles better and faster than what Hotmail was and refreshingly beautiful while at it.

      • Peter Henkel

        That might be, but it STILL can’t group messages into conversation based on subject.

  • Peter Henkel

    And still is Outlook unusable for me. How long I’ll have to wait for Outlook to be pleasant to use?

    • James

      What’s not pleasant about it? It’s miles better and faster than what Hotmail was and refreshingly beautiful while at it.

      • Peter Henkel

        That might be, but it STILL can’t group messages into conversation based on subject.

  • James

    Yay! :) Finally glad they fixed that SMTP issue getting rid of “on behalf of..”.

  • James

    Yay! :) Finally glad they fixed that SMTP issue getting rid of “on behalf of..”.

  • Peter Henkel

    So I tried to add my Gmail account, and guess what? It didn’t work. Vivat Microsoft.

  • Peter Henkel

    So I tried to add my Gmail account, and guess what? It didn’t work. Vivat Microsoft.

  • elviseno

    no imap. so i should leave.
    actually gmail is my primary email now.
    stupid m$.

  • Weifu Yu

    no imap. so i should leave.
    actually gmail is my primary email now.
    stupid m$.