The great Hotmail migration is over. Microsoft recently announced
that Hotmail as we've known it for yours is gone baby gone, and all its users have been transitioned to Outlook.com, which now boasts
more than 400 million users worldwide.
In its heyday, Hotmail was the go-to email client over
competing services such as Yahoo. That changed around
2005, when Hotmail fans inevitably got an invite to Gmail
from one of their friends. Gmail proved to be the superior
Webmail service, and many Hotmail accounts began to
Microsoft's trying to shift the ball back to its court with
Beyond its sleek aesthetic and robust social media
integration, Microsoft has packed the service with a bevy of
handy-dandy new features in recent months, including a
much improved Android app, a modern UI-style calendar, the
Skype video call preview (which is not yet available in the
U.S.), and new SMTP send and SkyDrive integration
improvements added yesterday.
Gmail search is just plain better than what Outlook.com has
to offer. That may seem obvious, but Google only recently
upped its game for Gmail search beyond a standard inbox
query. Most notable is its Instant search results, which
recommends different messages you might be searching for
as you type. You can also search inside attachments, find
Google Drive documents, and quickly get to a standard
Google search on the Web.