Outlook.com Announces 400 Million Active Accounts, New Features Coming

Outlook SkyDrive Integration

Microsoft today announced that they have completed the upgrade of 400 million Hotmail accounts to new Outlook.com. With the announcements, they also added two new features to Outlook.com: SMTP send, so it’s easier to send mail from different email addresses, and deeper integration with SkyDrive.

Deeper SkyDrive integration: insert files and pictures directly from SkyDrive:

There are a number of ways we’ve integrated Outlook.com and SkyDrive: a single Microsoft account for signing in, a shared contact list and set of connected networks, the ability to send large attachments, a shared header, and much more. 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.

Easier to send messages from other email addresses: no more “on behalf of”

You’ve always been able to send and receive email from other accounts using your Outlook.com account. But, in the past, when you sent email from Outlook.com using a different email address (say, because you switched from Gmail and are still using that Gmail address when you reply to folks), the recipients would see the email being sent “on behalf of” that other account. For instance, this could look like this:

We knew this was a pain point for some people, and could be a real problem if you had a hidden alias, e.g. when Bruce Wayne wanted to send email as Batman. So now we’ve made it so that email sent from a different account goes through that account’s SMTP server. That way, the recipient just sees that account’s email address.

Read more about it from the link below.

Source: Outlook

  • http://doawiki.altervista.org/ Lorenzo

    Nice to hear these features but implements IMAP support is too much hard for outlook team?

    • Naveenangels

      That’s why they have the EAS…. much more efficient and faster than your old IMAP.
      Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird and Outlook2003/7/10/13 all support this format

      • http://twitter.com/HotcakesOttawa Hotcakes New Media

        Besides the fact that Thunderbird sucks balls, it does NOT support EAS on my Mac. Nor does ANY Mac email client. The only way I can access my email on my Mac is via pop3 (which is horrible because it doesn’t sync with my Windows Phone or Surface) or the web (which gives me no notifications for new emails). So no, EAS is not the one and only solution for everyone unless Microsoft would be so kind as to release their (very cool) mail app for Mac.

        • Naveenangels

          Ah! Yes…. I hadn’t thought about Mac….. Hope microsoft enables IMAP in that case

    • J A

      It supports IMAP, just that IMAP does not go beyond basic email inbox, it does absolutely nothing else. But ActiveSync does everything you expect in enterprises for Outlook.com.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rikkirik-Contrera/100003341041631 Rikkirik Contrera

    400 million, wow. Is this more than Google’s G mails??

    • http://twitter.com/ama_neden ama neden

      Yeah it is now, but nothing to surprise. MS was always leading this email stuff. Gmail never passed Hotmail.com. They are really close but Outlook has a place in this fight , a step forward

  • http://twitter.com/FedFanForever Alex

    Does anyone actually believe a word out of Microsoft’s mouth?

    • ajav

      Hotmail was the most popular email client, so why wouldn’t Outlook be too?

    • kullkid92

      I believe them more than any other big name company, for one, they are probably the most watched and closest monitored because of the problems they’ve had in the past. So for them to lie about silly numbers just doesn’t make sense.

      Of course besides my rant, Hotmail was the most popular email client since 1996. and outlook already had good marketshare (20.14%) of course the iOS devices stand at 35.6 and Hotmail stands around 13.57% so you can add that 13 percent to outlooks’ already 20 percent :) so yes 400 million users is very plausible, actually it should be a lot more seeing as how Hotmail had 360 million users by 2011.

      take a look… http://www.campaignmonitor.com/resources/will-it-work/email-clients/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rikkirik-Contrera/100003341041631 Rikkirik Contrera

    Everybody should believe Ballmer, because whatever he says is market sensitive and he or better said Microsoft is liable for lawsuits for misinformation. Ballmer said, not long ago, that W8 tablets is a business (meaning he is or will make a profit on it). He also said that Skydrive had more than 2 million clients, most of them business clients (paying clients), unlike Dropbox which has mostly consumers as client (using free storage alone, thus not paying). So yes, you have to believe him.