Growth Of Microsoft Apps.
The growth of Outlook.com’s user base since Microsoft launched the free Internet email service at the end of July makes for a very nice chart—the kind with the diagonal line pointing towards the upper right corner just where Redmond wants it.
Outlook.com, Microsoft‘s big challenge to Google’s Gmail service, has gone from zero to 25 million active users in just under four months, according to the software giant. What’s more, about a third of those users are also active on Gmail and a Microsoft study found that “after spending just five days” tooling around on Redmond’s Web client, “4 out of 5 of Gmail users said they would switch” to Outlook.com, the company said in a Tuesday blog post.
Looking to expand its userbase even more, Microsoft has developed an Outlook app for Android. It is now available for free in the Google Play store and runs on all devices running Android 2.x and above.
Features Of Microsoft Apps.
Wideinfo recently named Outlook.com as the top Web app for the year as part of our Best Products of 2012. Describing the new Web mail product as “the best thing to happen to email in years,” lead software analyst Michael Muchmore touted Outlook.com’s integration with Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud services and Office Web apps, as well as the whopping 300MB allowed for file attachments, “compared with 25MB for the next highest competitor.”
Microsoft has been running Web-based email for years—the company acquired Hotmail all the way back in 1997 and it remains a hugely popular Web mail platform. But Outlook.com was designed to be as feature-rich as Google’s Gmail, which in recent years has been grabbing share in the enterprise IT market long dominated by premise-based solutions like Microsoft’s Exchange server and client-based Outlook product.
Based on its internal research, Microsoft credited Outlook.com features like programmable keyboard shortcuts, quick access to search operators, and conversation threading for helping new users transition from Gmail more easily. The software giant also claimed that its product “does a better job of blocking spam” than Google’s product and “outperforms Gmail when it comes to helping manage unwanted messages like newsletters and daily deals.”
Study participants, recruited specifically from a group of active Gmail users, also preferred Outlook.com’s “clean user design” to Gmail’s UI, according to Microsoft.
Going forward, the Outlook.com team is adding even more features to the Web-based email service, including a one-click archive, more keyboard shortcuts, and new inbox customization options.[ Source :- Pcmag ]