In these contemporary times, technological advancements have made it easier for individuals to be productive in their professional and personal efforts. One such technological advancement-the emergence of Outlook.com-has been particularly effective in helping people accomplish important work-related tasks or personal endeavors.

What is Outlook.com?

Outlook.com is a web-based email service offered by Microsoft. Although it is somewhat similar to Google’s Gmail service, it has its own unique features-including a link to Outlook data stored on the user’s desktop. The current format for Outlook.com results from the combining of Windows Live and Hotmail into one singular service.

Obtaining An Outlook.com Account

You can get your own Outlook.com account by going on the web and accessing the site. Once there, simply click the “Sign-up Now” link that is located at the page’s bottom. You will then need to key in your personal information and create the email address and password you’d like to use. If you already have a Hotmail or Windows Live account, there is no need to sign up because Microsoft is currently converting all of those accounts to Outlook.com. Thus you will be able to maintain your old email address while having access to the latest technological features offered by Outlook.com.

Outlook.com: Its Look And Function

As many technological experts know, Outlook.com is quite similar to the Outlook version of desktop with respect to function. This means that those who were using the Outlook version will not have to familiarize themselves with a new set of techniques and regulations. Both programs contain some of the same designs, screen parts, and icons. Examples include the Folder List which resides on the left side of the screen. (The Folder List contains the default Mail Folder list: Inbox, Sent, Drafts, Junk, and Deleted.)


Outlook.com features a plethora of features, including the Calendar, SkyDrive, People, and Skype. Outlook.com also comes with unlimited storage. To function effectively, Outlook.com makes use of Ajax, which is a group of web development techniques used by clients to develop an asynchronous web application. Through the use of Ajax, a web application is able to send data to (and receive data from) a server in an asynchronous fashion that does not interfere with the behavior and display of the existing page. As opposed to being a single technology, Ajax constitutes a group of technologies. It can be used in conjunction with CSS and HTML to style and mark up information.


Although there are a plethora of wonderful technological developments that enable people to work more productively, the invention of Outlook.com can be particularly effective in helping individuals to accomplish important business-related and/or personal tasks. In using it, one can perform functions like sending e-mail and saving documents with relative ease that makes using computer technology fun and simple.