How can I switch back to my old Hotmail; I hate Outlook.com?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #101 I look at ways to get away from the new outlook.com
interface if you really dislike it.
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Switch back to Hotmail
Well, so, if you take a look at the article I wrote when Outlook.com first
made its appearance, “Is Microsoft
shutting down Hotmail?” the answer I gave there was that – for awhile at
least, you should be able to revert to the Hotmail user interface with an
option that should be present on the Settings menu. It’s actually at the top
level of the Settings menu the last time I looked.
Here’s the problem: I don’t expect that setting to be there forever. In
fact, I expect it to go away if it hasn’t gone away already.
Microsoft switches to outlook.com
What does that mean? What that means is that the Outlook.com user interface
is your only choice. At least if you’re using Hotmail.
So, if the option to revert to the Hotmail user interface, to the old user
interface is not present, I do not know of a way to go back to it. This is
consistent with the way Microsoft has treated Hotmail over the years.
They do, periodically, make user interface changes to Hotmail web interface.
None have been quite as dramatic as the Hotmail to Outlook.com change but
nonetheless, there have been prior changes. In each case, while the old and the
new were allowed to overlap for awhile, eventually the new user interface
became the only user interface.
Hotmail will go away
And that’s my expectation for Outlook.com. I strongly believe that Hotmail
is moving to the Outlook.com user interface.
Now, if you don’t like it; if you actually hate that Outlook.com user
interface, I’m aware of two solutions.
Switch to desktop email
One, is to switch to a desktop email program like Outlook (not Outlook.com,
but Outlook the program) that comes with Microsoft Office – or Thunderbird or
any of a number of other desktop email programs.
These are programs you run on your PC and you configure them to download
your Hotmail to your PC. That allows you to then read your emails, send email,
do whatever you want on your PC.
Switch email services
The other alternative – if that’s not what you want to do; if you want to go
with a strictly web-based user interface – is to switch to a different service:
Gmail, Yahoo, whatever.
In fact, if you want to keep your Hotmail account, it’s very possible that
you could configure Gmail to pick up your Hotmail mail much like you would a
desktop email client through what’s called POP3.
You may also be able to configure Gmail to send as if it were coming from
Hotmail. That functionality is there as well. I don’t know if Yahoo has that
functionality but those are the alternatives.
So. Basically it boils down to:
Use a desktop email program;
Use a different web-based email program;
Or live with the new Outlook.com user interface.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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