Microsoft seems to be on a rebranding exercise here, calling their latest webmail service “Outlook“. I am quite sure that many people would have the proverbial question mark appear right at the top of their respective heads upon hearing about a Microsoft Outlook that is webmail based. Basically, if you have a Hotmail account, just use the same username and password, and you too, will be able to log into Outlook.com so that you can give this webmail service a whirl to see whether it has enough bells and whistles to be a keeper. Connectivity is the new buzzword for Outlook here, where it remains connected to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, and in the future, Skype, so that your email will be flooded – nay, strategically placed to receive relevant context and communications.
Not only that, the new Outlook will be integrated with free Office Web Apps such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote, being the nouveau Google Docs for you to make changes to your important work documents wherever you are, unless there is no data signal whatsoever, of course. Will this be the new Gmail? I don’t think so, but it should be able to gain significant mileage at first. [Press Release]