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Microsoft touts one million Outlook email users

01 Aug 2012

Microsoft has boasted of already signing up one million users to its newly revamped email service Outlook as it looks to take back market share from Google.

The service was unveiled on Tuesday with the firm explaining it offers a combination of the firms numerous tools combined together in one system, including integration with contacts, calendar and SkyDrive.

Underlining the interest in the platform the firm’s Outlook Twitter account posted a screen grab showing the rapid signup on the service.

It also offers the ability to connect with contacts through various services such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn via the People hub, as on its Windows Phone platform, as the firm starts to show its potential in the social market.

Offering full integration with Office Web apps and the SkyDrive cloud service will also allow users to edit emailed documents in the browser and send files over the service.

Microsoft will be hoping the service helps maintain its position in the email market where it has seen its consumer service Hotmail overtaken by Google's Gmail service, which now boasts over 425 million users.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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