When Microsoft announced the redesign and re-branding of Hotmail and Live.com to Outlook.com, I raced over to the virtual land grab to get the usernames I wanted for the new Outlook.com domain. If I’d understood the process better, I likely would have just converted my pre-existing Live.com email address to an Outlook.com email address — but that process was not clear on Day One, and so I gambled on being safer than sorrier and just started all-new accounts on Outlook.com.
What I didn’t expect in the transition from Live.com — and in comparison with my Google Apps life — is just how great Outlook.com would be in function and aesthetic! Wowser! I like the new icons and fast interface. The overall look and feel are refreshing and new — I can’t wait for the Calendar to be updated to the new design.
The biggest surprise was firing up Outlook.com on my iPhone and finding how fast and easy it was to use. Pages load really fast. Google could learn a few things about beautiful iOS design from Microsoft. You can almost read the mail screen with your eyes closed! The fonts are big and beautiful.