Outlook.com alternatives

Cloud-based email service that ties into SkyDrive, so you have 7GB of free space, and it can open attachments right inside new Web apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Its built-in Outlook chat connects to Facebook messages. Outlook’s address book connects to Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, LinkedIn and other services, so contact info will update automatically when friends change their profiles.
Outlook.com alternatives are:
GMail, MS Outlook
Here are the latest news about Outlook.com:

2015 Microsoft unveiled big update to Outlook.com

Microsoft previewed several major changes to its email client Outlook.com, including a redesigned inbox, new support for Skype and third-party apps and new calendar features. The revamped Outlook.com will be available over the next few weeks.  Outlook.com inboxes will now support Microsoft's Clutter tool, that is a lot like Gmail's priority inbox feature in that it automatically sorts messages based on what it predicts will be most important to you. Messages identified as unimportant are automatically sent to a separate folder that doesn't appear in the main inbox. Microsoft is also launching its new "add-ins" feature, which allows third-party apps to run within Outlook. The feature, first previewed during the company's Build developer conference last month, works with Uber and email scheduling service Boomerang and PayPal right now.

2014 Outlook.com ads smart filters like in GMail. Zoho Mail increases free limit to 10 users

Leading small business email services continue to delight us with new features and free options. Today Microsoft has released a major update to Outlook.com. The main new feature is smart filters that can automatically sort new emails or perform operations with them depending on different parameters. It allows even to build filters that you can't set in GMail. For example, you can set a rule that if the message is not read within 3 days, it's automatically moved to some folder. Besides you can now reply in-line to emails, remove the need to shunt to a new view to do so. Meanwhile the main Outlook.com and GMail competitor - Zoho Mail increased its free limit to 10 users. You may say that GMail and Outlook - are completely free. But it's not exactly true. Personal versions - are really free. But the business versions, which provide similar features with Zoho Mail (like own domain, admin panel) and are included in Google Apps and Office 365 respectively - cost from $5/month per user.

2014 Skype for Outlook.com now available worldwide

The opportunity to make video calls via Skype right from your browser is now available for all Outlook.com users (previously this feature was only available in US and UK). In fact - this is Skype's web version, however, it doesn't mean that you don't need to install software on your computer. You still need to install browser plugin. But the plus is that you don't need to create a separate Skype-account. You just need the universal Microsoft account. Besides the global expansion, Outlook.com now can make video-calls in HD. Thus, Microsoft's Outlook.com is playing catch up with Google's GMail, that already has video calling feature via Google Hangouts. However, the advantage of Google's service is that it supports free group video calls for up to 10 people.

2013 GMail, Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail and Zoho Mail: small business email news

Over the past few days the number of interesting news came from the most popular email services for small business - GMail, Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail and Zoho Mail. First of all, last week Yahoo Mail together with website-hosting Yahoo Small Business was down for several days, and of course left a lot of small business customers mad as hornets. Now many of them are going to move to another service. And Microsoft (shortly before this event) decided to entice users from GMail and Yahoo. But, unfortunately , they began with GMail and now can't fully seize the moment. However, their new tool for importing emails and contacts from GMail to Outlook.com is already working.

Google meanwhile continues to add new features to its GMail. In particular now you can download all your emails archive from Google's server to your computer. Of course it will make security-lovers happy. Besides, GMail now can safely display images in the messages. Previously, you had to click the link to view images in each message, because they were loaded from remote servers and could violate your privacy. Now GMail copies all images to its own servers and displays them by default.

Zoho also made the big step forward in terms of security - added SMS-authorization. Zoho services (Email, Calendar, Docs and other apps) are perhaps better then the similar products from Microsoft and Google in terms of functionality, but Zoho lacks the reputation of the super-reliable provider as these two giants. Therefore, this two-factor authentication can greatly improve the confidence of business users to Zoho.

2013 Microsoft launched Outlook for iPhone and iPad

Until now, iPhone and iPad users in companies that use Exchange mail server had two options - to set up access to the mail server in built-in iOS mail client (via Exchange ActiveSync), or open the web-interface Outlook Web App in browser. Of course, both options had a lot of restrictions for working with Outlook, and Microsoft has finally decided to release the native apps OWA for iPhone and iPad. Why only now? In order to give advantage to Windows Phones and Surface tablets. Why they ventured to take this step now? Because there is a catch. Although Outlook for iOS is free, it can be only used by Office 365 subscribers, who pay $100/year. So it's the same story as with MS Office for iPhone. What advantages will get the users and companies who are authorized to use Outlook for iOS?

At first, the opportunity to separate corporate mail from the personal and separately receive push-notifications of new messages and calendar reminders, to see the number of new messages on the iPhone/iPad start screen. Admins will get the ability to remotely wipe data from user email, contacts and calendars in case if the device is lost or employee is fired. In addition, the app features voice command input, integration with Bing maps and auto-responders. Besides, maybe you like to use email in Metro interface.