App Wrap: "Outlook.com" and "Yahoo.com"
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Two of the oldest names online have just gotten some new looks and functionality. Well, actually the first one, Hotmail, is getting the ultimate new look...NO LOOK. Microsoft's free webmail service has officially begun to slowly fade away. Taking its place though for all hotmail webmail users, Outlook.com. It's a more current design with more modern features that allows it to better compete with other webmail giants like Google with its Gmail. Similar to what you see with other online email services, Outlook.com now groups messages together to help avoid clogging up your inbox, it also works nicely with social networks so that you can fill in your contacts with contacts from, say, Facebook. You can also have a Facebook chat right in Outlook.com, it also links with Microsoft's cloud storage service SkyDrive so that you can more easily send and receive large files from others with little worry they'll be rejected because of size limitations. Outlook.com is free to use. Incidentally, Gmail and AOL users can import their accounts into Outlook.com, Hotmail users can still use hotmail.com for the time being but in a few months they will be forced to move over.
The other old-school name going for new-school looks: Yahoo.com which just got a major redesign. First off, the homepage now has apps or maybe they should be categorized as widgets, whatever you call them they're for use right there on the homepage so that if you want stock scores, sports scores, you mail, whatever, it's all in boxes there on the right for quick access. There's also a customizable, endless newsfeed scroll plus, if you sign in through Facebook you'll get new articles that are trending with your friends. Yahoo also says thanks to some behind the scenes tinkering it's also quicker than it used to be. And by the way, all this applies to both Yahoo on your computer and on your mobile devices.