The history of Outlook starts back in California in 1996 where it was created by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith but was by the name Hotmail and it had around 400 million users around the world during the first year is was created as it kept on growing it caught the attention of Microsoft who purchased it in 1997 and was rebranded as MSN Hotmail.
The years went by and as the competition grew Hotmail kept on changing and improving from MSN Hotmail to Windows Live until it made the most radical change by moving from Hotmail to the new and improve Outlook that we know of today.
So the move meant an attempt to redefine the concept of email and is a way to officially challenge other companies who also have their own email system like Gmail.
Even with this changes you don’t need to completely forget about your old Hotmail account it won’t be completely useless and you will still get this new upgrade even if you don’t wish to change to an outlook account, you can even still create a new Hotmail account in the outlook web app if you want to and still get the benefits this new look and what features will include.
One of the biggest changes and also one of the best received was the inclusion of Office web applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint and you can see and edit when they are sent to your inbox with the same kind of quality you would have in the Desktop office version, and not only can you open them and attach them from you navigator and saved them into your OneDrive, you can also edit them and respond the person who sent it to you the new edited version of the document.
And you can also send up to twenty five GB of office documents.
The new features
This new era of Hotmail will not only make it easier and more efficient for you to use your Hotmail or outlook account but it will also make it look neater and smoother with things like:
Ads are no longer get in the way. You can completely remove the ads if you wish to do if you decide to pay for the premium upgrade that it is at least 9.99 dollars a month but at the end it is not completely necessary because you will barely notice the ads now. You can even choose the topics for the ads or simple choose random ads because you will barely even see them now.
There will be side by side views where you can see the attachments in the email and also reply it as you see it. It’s very easy to organize your message with the new filtering system since lets you categorize all your messages without putting them in different folders if that is too confusing to you by simple mark them as unread, flag them, or even delete them.
If someone you know sends you an email with the link to a youtube video or a picture you don’t have to download them to view them anymore, now you can simply view them in the email itself and check if you want to download it or not. It’s also linked now to a lot of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter so you can find other contacts from there you can add and even see their picture on their email.
Meet the options
You can not only see the videos sent to you from the email itself, you can also easily cut and paste easy images directly to an email you will send to anyone you like. There will also be an option where you can find popular emojis and GIFs so you can send silly messages to your friends. It will also be made easier to use the cloud sharing from OneDrive.
There is also the ‘sweep’ option that lets users to move or completely delete your emails of messages in large numbers to specific folders based on the information of the sender. And you could change the settings so you can make all of the messages from a certain user be sent to a specific folder for as long as you want to. There is also an option to delete or move certain messages after they’ve been in your inbox for a certain amount of days or to delete everything but the last message they sent you.
Users will also be able to create up to at least 10 unique email dresses for their account this accounts are called “Aliases”, which once they are all set up so you can choose so any mail that are sent to any of those accounts are sent to you inbox or the folder of your choice.
Outlook doesn’t have limits
And also the new design is very minimal but very beautiful because of how clean it looks, and the white color is very easy on the eyes and lets you read the emails in an more comfortable way, the only color you can see is on the title bar and you can choose a different color if you don’t like the blue it originally comes with.
There is a clutter option to manage your inbox in a more efficient way. There are at least 13 new themes so you can express your personality for all your contacts to see
In a conference in late 2017 it was announced by Microsoft that they are working on big changes in both design and interface for Outlook which by what they hope to just like with any other update they have made before is to make it easier for people to use and understand their interface, but this time their goal is to gain more users from Mac and Windows users (since there is no mistake in saying that they are leading this technological market).
The changes are rumored to be incredibly similar to the Outlook app for iOS with things like the single line ribbon and the small set of default commands like this making it easier for those who are not exactly computer savvy to go through this app without any kind of trouble.
Mac with Microsoft
Another perk of this possible changes is the fact that design will be very customizable so the users can choose which buttons are available so one can manage their own tasks by making it easier and to access the folders through multiple accounts and since you get to customize it the way you want it to you can also make it as aesthetically pleasing as you want it to be.
The principal reason why Microsoft could be making this changes for only Mac products is because we all know that these are the most popular devices around the world since the most influential people use these devices which might prompt other people to buy them so they are trying to improve the experience by making it easier and improving things like the search, and the calendar with fly-outs of information and a the ability to manage your appointments a little bit more neatly.
You still have your Hotmail account
It’s still unknown when this design will be available, but what we already know is the fact that Microsoft has been testing all new and improved featured like the ability to insert tables into emails or the fact that you might be able to slide on a trackpad to delete messages. And it’s completely possible that once everything is perfected then it will only be made available to Office 365 used and then it will be included to the Office 2019.
After all of this information you’ve seen today what we can really see if the fact that whether you refer to it as Outlook or you still have your Hotmail account log in all, whether you’ve been here from its beginnings in 1996 or you opened an account yesterday is the fact that Outlook is constantly looking for innovation and it is clear to see through the countless upgrades and updates they’ve had both small like the Skype additions to the big ones like the move to Outlook.
As always it seems it will continue to change for the better with a smoother, cleaner, neater and quicker process and will continue to add or remove features with every account update to your account since they’ve always been responsive to the public response since they don’t seem to be focused on the fact that you have to use it because they need you to use it.
They are focused on the fact that they know that to be able to thrive they need to listen to every current user and possible customer that may come their way that’s why their updates, especially the small ones are so frequent once they hear what the people think about at least one feature in particular test it out and see if people like it will stay permanently or be removed completely once it is deemed unnecessary.