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Outlook.com is Your Key to Your Windows World This Christmas

by Sean P. Aune | December 20, 2013December 20, 2013 10:15 am PDT

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The biggest gift giving day of the year is quickly approaching, and as those of you lucky enough to receive a Windows 8.1 device will quickly discover, Outlook.com is the key to all the possibilities you can unlock on your new device.

Come Christmas morning many of you will tear open your gifts to discover a device powered by Windows 8.1, but what is the first thing you should do with it? After you unwrap it, it’s time to unlock the true power of the device, and that begins with signing up for a Microsoft account using Outlook.com. While the chances are high you already have a Microsoft account – if you’ve signed up for Xbox Live, Outlook.com, SkyDrive, Skype and a few other services, you do – Outlook.com is the email account that will let you get the most out of the new Windows tablet or PC.

With an Outlook.com account attached to your device you will be able to sign into your other Microsoft services seamlessly, saving yourself time and headaches from having to remember numerous different login credentials.

One of the other big benefits of having an Outlook.com account attached to your Windows 8.1 device is using it in the Mail app. While you can use other email services with the app, none of them will give you the same features the Outlook.com one can. Features such as Sweep – which allows you to move all of the emails from a sender to a folder by opening only one of their emails – are a good example of how Outlook.com is innovating in the mail space. Anything that saves you time is a winner in our book. Or how about the ability to schedule an automated cleanup of your inbox? We’re all guilty of leaving some emails in our inbox far longer than we need to, but with an automated cleanup that you schedule, you can take care of some of those issues.

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What if you have multiple email addresses already? Do you really want to switch to Outlook.com and leave those behind? Well,if you’re using Hotmail you won’t have to as you can create an alias in Outlook.com and make that your primary address so you can access all of your contact info, send emails from those accounts and even login with any of them so you have an easy one to remember. If you’re using Gmail, there’s a new feature in Outlook.com that helps you easily import your emails and contacts from Gmail so you can make the switch to Outlook.com and make that your primary Microsoft account address. Once you have your Outlook.com account on your Windows 8.1 device, it certainly doesn’t mean that you will have to change the way you do things already.

All of this and more awaits you on your new Windows 8.1 device this holiday season when you create an Outlook.com account. To get even more benefits from your fresh Outlook.com account, after you’ve created it, even if you have other Microsoft accounts, make it your primary one and the benefits will really stack up. This also allows all of your information and accounts to stay in sync and gives you access to them on the Web, even when you’re away from your PC or tablet.

In short, creating an Outlook.com account may be one of the best things you do for yourself this holiday season. What are you waiting for?

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This post was sponsored by Microsoft and Outlook.com.


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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...


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