For the past few months, you may have noticed a ”Try the beta” button at the top right of your outlook.com window. clicking it would have taken you to a preview version of Microsoft revamped webmail, placed with new tools to try. in mid-march, Microsoft said it would soon be “rolling out” the new outlook.com to everyone, giving us the chance to compare its new features with its all-conquering Google rival, Gmail.
To check whether you are using the new version, sign in to https://outlook.live.com, then look at the top right of the screen an “Outlook beta” slider means you are still using the beta version that most of the tools we cover here will work. if the slider isn’t there, you are probably using the full version of the new outlook.com .for help with any new to visit Microsoft Help page www.snipca.com/27411.
Make video calls in your Email window
The Skype logo at the top right is one of the first things you will notice in the new Outlook.com. we clicked it excitedly, hoping for a live video link to our email contacts. Perhaps a quick chat face to face with family members overseas, while going through email travel itineraries together. But alas it was not to be. at the moment outlook.com ‘s mini Skype doesn’t support the voice of video calls instead, it’s just a text message tool not really Skype then is it?
Gmail, by contrast, does let you make free video and voice calls in your email Window. And unlike like outlook.com’s tool, which only connects Skype contacts, Gmail video chat lets you chat to anyone with a web connection. To use it, click “+” to the left of your Gmail inbox, type an email address, then click the video icon. you can send an email invitation if the other person isn’t online.
See important emails at a glance
By default, the new outlook.com displays your most important messages in your “focused inbox” .everything else-promotional emails, newsletters special offers-is automatically filed under other.
Outlook.com uses machine learning to assess an email’s importance, and we found its judgment to be spot on. To make it even more accurate, help you to run by manually sorting emails (conversations) between the two tabs. The quickest ways to select multiple emails and drag them.
This will all sounds familiar if you are a Gmail user. Gmail sorts your incoming emails into primary, promotions and updates and lets you add more tabs if you want. but it’s not as easy to use
The winner is outlook.com
find any email in your archive
outlook.com ’s new search tool borrows a few Gmail features. you can now look for messages from a specific person and refine your search using keywords and search operators (such as “has: attachment” to find emails with attachments only). the search bar also now includes an “all folders” drop-down menu that lets you search certain folders only.
but it’s not a Patch on Gmail’s search. Gmail filters are more accurate and its result is much faster. And unlike outlook.com, its search bar offers loads suggestions-matching email’s contact on Google Docs, plus a web search link to help you find what you are looking for.
The winner is Gmail
Attach an email to another email
never bother forwarding an email again, because outlook.com now lets you attach the email to other emails, unlike Gmail. it’s very easy to do .click “new message” to open the compose window, click to select the messages you want to attach then drag them on to the compose window.
If you have seemed to “lose” the email you are composing (for example, when you click a tab to find another email to attach), you will find an auto-saved draft by clicking the tabs at the bottom of the compose window.
Winner is outlook.com
Automatically backup your email photos
Outlook.com’s new photo hub backs up any photo you send or receive to your 15 GB of free Onedrive storage. click the photos icon at the bottom left to browse photos by date, see photos of certain contacts only, download and print multiple photos at once, and attach one or more to a new email.
Facebook and google photos (you can add box and dropbox via settings). however, we could not attach these photos to an outlook.com email-despite clicking the “sending email” link.
Gmail offers many more options for attaching photos, videos even entire albums then Outlook.com does. But only outlook.com automatically backup photos from emails in one easy-to-access folder, no configuration needed.
Winner is outlook.com