A few days ago, I submitted a post about Windows Live Mail. Microsoft is obviously paying attention to my blog and as a joke, revamped their web-based email service 😉 When you log into Hotmail (using a desktop browser), you will see that Microsoft has replaced it with Outlook… preview. As with other new Microsoft products, Outlook utilizes metro-style design. It is simply beautiful.
At the top of Outlook, there are options to create a new email, reply, delete, add to junk (spam), sweep, move to, categories and the … which you’ll find in other Microsoft software including Windows Phone. Clicking on … brings up more options. In this case; mark as unread, mark as read, flag, unflag and print. You will also notice a smile face inside a speech bubble. That is for messaging. Clicking that allows you to send a message to someone on Facebook or Messenger, if they are online.
The default view will show, from left to right, your folders, email sender, email subject and then advertisements on the far right. Clicking on an email subject will display the content of the email as in the photo above. You can change the accent color by clicking on the settings/gear icon. You can also turn the reading pane on like I did in Windows Live Mail.
If you hover your cursor over the word Outlook on the top left of the window, a down-arrow will appear. Clicking that arrow will display some metro-style tiles: Mail, Calendar, People, SkyDrive. Let’s just look at People, since Calendar and SkyDrive are not “metro-fied” yet.
Clicking on People will bring up a list of all your contacts from your social networks (Facebook, twitter), email and Messenger. The People hub allows you to edit contact information, add new information, send a message and write on their Facebook wall. Like Outlook, it is clean and makes great use of metro-style design.