What I cant figure out is how to see my Twitter Contacts Tweets in Hotmail.com. It clearly says, when I linked my Twitter account to my Outlook.com account that I would be able to see my Twitter contacts and their tweets. I can see my contacts just fine just not their tweets. Any luck with this?
So just to make it easy, which is impossible with Microsoft sometimes.
When using an Outlook.com email address in conjunction with the Outlook software, Outlook.com uses Categories to organize email. Outlook "the software" uses Categories to organize contacts. Outlook.com uses groups to organize contacts, but when you create a group in Outlook.com it creates a category for your contacts that shows up in list view of the Outlook software, but does not show up in the list of categories section. And when you create a category of contacts in the Outlook software, it does not create a corresponding "group" up at Outlook.com
This is one of the many messes that Microsoft should not have even LET, happen. I have never been able to get a satisfactory answer on this front. I love Outlook.com, I love using it in conjunction with the Outlook software, but my Category contacts have been rendered USELESS in the Outlook software. My fix is to use GROUPS at Outlook.com and ignore Categories for contacts in the Outlook software because those Categories do not sync over to other installations of Outlook on other computers. Got it? If anyone can tell me what I have described is not the way it is, I would love some input. I have spent hours on this, and I think I have it right.
As a new Outlook.com user, I have to say I'm really disappointed with Outlook.com's lack of proper threading in conversation view if I reply to a thread using Outlook 2010 in Win8 using the Outlook Connector plugin.
Ironically, my business account uses gmail as its server, and guess what?! WP8, Gmail.com, and Outlook 2010 all thread perfectly together! Google should use this incredible bug in an ad to counter scroogled.
Paul, do you experience this Outlook.com threading issue? Perhaps you don't use Outlook on the desktop...
Paul, I am unable to rename my Hotmail account. When I try to do so, I get the following error: "The email address associated with your Microsoft account can't be changed." A search took me to a Microsoft Answers forum where a Microsoft moderator acknowledged the issue (a small percentage of users were not seeing old e-mail) and said they are working on a fix. Unfortunately, it has been like this for several months now. I can't believe they are going live with this if it is not fully functional! I thought for sure this would be resolved if Outlook.com was being moved out of preview. I should have renamed it early on, but after reading one of your articles I decided to wait since I was getting a new Windows Phone and did not want to reset my phone. Have you heard anything about this from Microsoft?
Has Microsoft removed the block from renaming a Microsoft Account? This has been in place for 3months or more!
Renaming Accounts was suspended by Microsoft some 2 - 3 months ago. No word on when it will be enabled again. No official word, just this Answers forum Post.
I wish I could change my @live.com address to a @outlook.com address, but Microsoft removed the option and there's no info on when it'll come back.
I thought I knew how to do this. How do I pin Outlook.com to the Taskbar? I've tried from Start Menu and from web site but don't see an option.
open Outlook.com in desktop Internet Explorer. in the address bar, drag the icon next to the URL to the taskbar to pin it.
Is there any news on being able to use aliases from something other than the web interface? I know it's not in WP8 but does it work from Windows Live Mail 2012 or Outlook 2013 yet?
I had to ditch my various aliases a couple of years ago because of these limitations so it's not something that I need now but it would be interesting to know if they've incorporated this pretty awesome feature to their other products yet.
I use email only via a browser.
I like Outlook email in many ways. It has a nice interface, I like the idea of aliases and the ability to rename is handy.
But it is still just email and after using Hotmail since the 90s and putting up with the incredibly low free storage and penny pinching I switched to Gmail for my primary email five or more years ago. I am not going back.
What seals the deal is that to log into Outlook.com I have to type the whole address, MS has even disabled right click paste, I have to go Ctrl C to paste it in.
In Gmail I just type my unique part of the email address and leave out gmail.com. I can even right click paste the address in. It is a small thing but a deal breaker for me as mail is just a commodity and I log in many times a day.
Maybe use a password manager to autofill the fields? Nothing is more convenient than zero-click login with LastPass.
Many sites, not just Outlook.com, will suppress copy-paste in the login fields. It is seen as a security measure. Whether it is truly more secure is up for debate, but I will agree that it is inconvenient.
Years ago I was one of the first to sign up for a premium MSN account. As such, the cost of $19.95/mo. was guaranteed for as long as I owned the account. Today, e-mail accounts can be obtained from various sources for $0.00. When I discovered you can name hotmail accounts as @Live.com, in lieu of @Hotmail.com, I thought about dumping my MSN account but abandoned the idea when I considered the fact that everyone I know is familiar with my MSN account.
So I contacted MSN about a year ago to inquire what options were available. After a few minutes, the rep. told me I could retain the MSN account for only $9.95/mo. – and retain all the perks I had for 19.95/mo. The MSN rep. seemed sharp and I had no reason not to believe him, but… I didn’t believe him. It would be worth it to revisit this. $240/yr. for an e-mail account is obscene today.
Thanks for all of the info Paul. Last year, did you make reference to diminishing the advertising in the far right hand pane in outlook.com?
Getting a Plus account removes it entirely. Adding social networking connections removes it for email from those people you know who are on those networks.
Can you elaborate on this? Adding social networks (linking Twitter) correct? I've linked my Twitter account and still see advertisements. Yet when I did link my Twitter account it told me I would be able to see Tweets from contacts. I have yet to see one in outlook.com. Now they do show up in Windows 8 people under the "whats new" icon, but that's the only place I have been able to find them. It would be nice to have tweets there instead of advertising.
Thank you for answering my query.
On Android, I switched from the Hotmail app to the Outlook.com app, but had trouble with some html emails and clicking links in some emails. Had to switch back to the Hotmail app.
My dad was just switched to Outlook.com from Hotmail. I was trying to figure out how I coudl create a distribution list or group wihtin People (contacts), for in Hotmail, he could pick from a list of all his contacts, but in Outlook.com he has to hit the To: address or contact list. Does this shortcut exist? I was lookign at categories, but do not see that this will solve the aforementioned desire? Use case, my dad forwards certain emails to a group of friends he has in People. How can I set up a group or DL to allow him to automate this manual process? Thanks in advance!
Any suggestions community?
I'm setting up some Live domains to use Outlook.com for their mail. The lack of Distribution Lists or Forwarding Lists is a huge problem.
Now I can only hack around this by using Gmail or my ISP mail to create a forwarding address that will send mail to a group of people.
I've been moved from hotmail.com to outlook.com . In hotmail from my Junk Mail folder i could easily add email addresses to my contacts so that they stopped going to junk. How do you do this in outlook.com?
I need a way to setup a group email address like on google.com. For example, it is an email address like email@example.com and it forwards to other users in mydomain.com. I know you can set firstname.lastname@example.org as a user and then have it forward, but I really don't want to have to login to that account every 365 days just to keep it active. Does outlook.com have a groups capability like google mail?
I am trying to do something for which I can find no information. I have outlook.com set up correctly on my phone with contacts, calendars, etc., & it syncs fine with everything. However, I cannot find a way to import/sync/copy a Distribution File (Contact Group) into outlook.com from Outlook 2007. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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