Microsoft reinvents webmail with

Microsoft today launched their new webmail offering,

Hotmail has had a bit of a poor reputation in recent years for being slow and having a frankly crap interface and lost ground to other services such as Gmail.

You can sign in just now by going to and user your existing or account or alternatively you can register a new address with the domain. As its just gone live this morning, if you're quick you have a chance of getting your real name or preferred email address.

First impressions are its actually quite good, it looks a bit similar to the mail client from Windows 8 which is no bad thing. Its clear, uncluttered and has lots of functionality. If you didn't like the new interface for Gmail and would like less advertising stuffed down your throat, its worth a look.

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