Microsoft moving Hotmail users to Outlook.com

Microsoft moving Hotmail users to Outlook.com this Summer.

Here’s some pointers from a CNET article about the move:

Microsoft announced earlier this week that it is closing Hotmail and moving the “hundreds of millions” still using it to Outlook.com by this summer.

The move isn’t unexpected, but perhaps more sudden than some anticipated. Hotmail users, once they move (or are moved) will get Outlook.com’s clean, Metro-Style interface for their mail — and ultimately, calendars. (For a walk-through of the user-interface changes Hotmail users will see, check out this Microsoft FAQ.)

One of the most important things folks will want to know is if their favorite browser will work with Outlook.com. Well, looks like it will work much better than Hotmail or MSN email did in other browsers.

Outlook.com is optimized for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10; Google Chrome 17 and higher;Firefox 10 and higher; Safari 5.1 on Mac. It also works relatively well on IE 7, Google Chrome 16 and 5; Firefox 9 and 5; Safari 5.1 on Windows and Safari 5 on Windows and Mac. It doesn’t work at all on IE 6 and older; Google Chrome 4 and older; Firefox 4 and older; and Safari 4.X and older.

And you won’t have to move your email address if you don’t want to:

Do I have to get a new email address?

No. You can keep using your existing @hotmail.com, @live.com, or @msn.com address. Or you can get a new @outlook.com address.

Much more in the Microsoft FAQ including a video.

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