Look out! "You've Got Mail"
March 21, 2013
Remember the good ole' days when hearing that popular catchphrase, "You've got mail!", made you excited to be linked to the Internet? You wondered who could be taking the time to be writing to you or what they had to say. Now, even your secretary is getting between 80-100 emails in one day! All wanting your time to tweet this, Link that, and mentioning you on Facebook. Let's face it, with the plethora of email providers people just don't get that excited about email anymore. Two reinging email providers are looking to change that with a fresh new look. Microsoft came out with it's new Outlook.com mail service that is trying to match Google's Gmail. Microsoft is letting Hotmail and Live.com users keep their emails and switch over to Outlook.com due to Hotmail's user base on the decline. Social media is what is key here and the main reason why these changes are being made. Microsoft lets you add contacts from Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, and Twitter.
With Outlook.com their ads are less visible making it look minimal and attractive. Some little features they have kept from Hotmail inferface is flagging important email messages and keeping them at the top of the panel even as new ones come in. Quick views on the side panel are also handy when you want to see all your non spam email. Filitering the spam emails is easier Outlook.com has a neat feature that allows you to "sweep" the graymail. According to Microsoft, graymail is 80% of about the 15,000 messages a user can get in a year. Lastly they are giving Outlook.com unlimited email storage and about 7 GB of Skystorage for its Cloud service.
AOL's inferface is still a little cluttered but it allows you to customized a lot more. You can choose from 70 different themes and backgrounds. There are handy buttons on the top left that allow for quick instant messaging with AIM and Facebook users.