With the nearly upon us launch of Windows 8, you can now subscribe to the new Outlook.com preview service.
If you have a Hotmail account, you can try out this new web version of Outlook for personal use here.
The screen presentation is simpler, with less busy, uncluttered toplines and a clear, elegant typestyle to display your folders and emails.
Social media integration is inlcuded of course…
with photos of your friends, recent status updates and Tweets that your friend has shared with you, the ability to chat and video call – all powered by an always up-to-date contact list that is connected to your social networks.
We have been using Windows 8 Release preview on our laptops for remote client work recently. On a laptop, with no touch screen, the blocky, colourful layout is easy on the eye, but the key function is the Windows button, which flips you between the front end display and your last used interface. Clicking through to a traditional ‘desktop’ environment is where the real works get done.
On balance, the advantages to Windows 8 are clear – extra boot speeds and the ability to back up mirror copies of your installation, or to refresh the Windows build simply with one click.
These new Microsoft interfaces are easy on the eye, slick to use and very nicely integrated – an advance we think.