A few years ago, webmail was all the rave. Wonder whether it's time to switch back to a desktop email client? We show you the merits of a local mail service. Most of us use Gmail, our own mail servers or some form of cloud backup Read More , and an online email service. Which terms should you be using?
Back in , when Microsoft had bought it from the original creators, Hotmail offered something unique from most email inboxes: This version was called MSN Hotmail and it no longer exists. Now fast-forward to Microsoft announced a new set of services and products that were designed to extend the user experience on Windows.
Does this herald the resurrection of many neglected niche applications? Microsoft has included Modern-style replacements for many of the Essentials applications in Windows 8 — email, calendaring, contacts, messaging, As part of this movement, Microsoft planned to phase out Hotmail and replace it with a new mail system called Windows Live Mail. But when beta testers complained about the change and how they preferred the Hotmail brand, Microsoft backtracked and settled on Windows Live Hotmail.
The Windows Live brand was discontinued in Some of the services and products were integrated directly into the Windows operating system e. Windows Live Search became Bing , while others were simply axed. Around that same time, Microsoft introduced Outlook. Many people incorrectly refer to this as Outlook Online. To add to the confusion, current users were allowed to keep their hotmail. Instead, new users can only create outlook.
So as of right now, Outlook. There was no brand mismatch. The services were one in the same. In , just one year before Microsoft discontinued their Windows Live brand, they introduced Office At the time, Office was geared towards business and corporate users, but over time it was expanded to include regular consumers as well.
This suite included four separate tools: The important one is Outlook Mail, which is the modern analogue to the Hotmail interface from years ago. Remember how Microsoft rebranded their email service as Outlook.
Outlook Mail is the front-end while Outlook. To make it abundantly clear, Outlook Mail is the web email client while Outlook. The former is used to view the latter. The world has changed since digital presentations, word processing, and spreadsheets became a thing.
Do you remember how it all began? Read More , up to and including Office , the Microsoft Outlook desktop client has also received updates. Consider the now-defunct Outlook Express, which was an email client that came packaged with Internet Explorer starting in Microsoft Outlook Express was succeeded by Windows Mail in , around the same time that Windows Vista was released.
This has nothing to do with that. On Windows 10, none of the above-mentioned programs are relevant except for Outlook which can also be called Microsoft Office Outlook if you want to differentiate it from all the other Outlook-related products out there. It can be used with Outlook. In short, Windows isn't perfect, we all know that. Security patches and updates fix the vulnerabilities Are you still confused? Know something that we missed?
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