Microsoft Outlook Goes Public (With Video)

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 9:21 AM EDT

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February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 9:21 AM EDT

Up until now, e-mail giant Microsoft Outlook has only been available on the Microsoft Office Suite. Well as of yesterday, in an attempt to compete with GMail and Yahoo!, Microsoft launched a new website to make Outlook available to the public.

Outlook.com officially went live yesterday. The website allows people to use for their personal e-mail and access it from any computer with internet connection.

Outlook.com allows users to integrate social networking into their e-mail, allowing them to populate their address books with friends from Facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn.

The website has also implemented a live-feed of your social media news feeds in a side bar, a first for any e-mail site.

In addition, Microsoft made the mighty big decision to sunset it's hotmail brand and upgrade users to the new outlook service.