Out With The Old
Microsoft is pulling the plug on Hotmail, replacing it with something called Outlook.com, an old name for a new service. Anyone who observes IT trends in general and Microsoft in particular had to see this coming; Redmond has been pouring tons of resources into Office 365 -- the online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and, of course, Outlook. It just makes sense to tie them all together. The Outlook.com announcement came on Tuesday.
For people who use Hotmail, the change will take some getting used to. Fortunately, nothing has to be done right away, and current Hotmail users will be migrated automatically. But, once the transition takes place, there will be a lot to see and know about Outlook.com operations. Here are some of the highlights.