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Outlook (from Microsoft Office) and Outlook.com (the new look of Hotmail) are two different things. It's not surprising that you are confused!
I've been using the stand-alone version of Outlook 2010 purchased but not included in any Office suite. Should I download the Outlook.com and hope that it will integrate with my Outlook 2010? Or should I wait?
In this excerpt from Answercast #44, I look at the confusion around Outlook (the program) and Outlook.com (the website).
Neither. But your question actually reflects a misunderstanding, or a misconception, about what Outlook.com is.
In all honesty, it's not your fault; it really isn't. Microsoft (in my opinion), Microsoft made a huge mistake in the way that they continue to choose confusing names for many of their products.
Outlook.com is not something that you download.
It's a website.
Think of Outlook.com a lot more like Hotmail.com. The things that you would do with Hotmail.com are the things that you would do with Outlook.com.
It's actually technically not related in any way to the Outlook 2010 program that is part of Microsoft Office. It's confusing; I get that.
It gets more confusing because in reality, eventually, I believe that people who use Hotmail are going to end up needing to use, or being forced to use, the new Outlook.com user interface. If you take a look at it, it's very "metro-like" (to use Microsoft's former term for the look of Windows 8 applications.)
So that's what I think is going on there.
In all honesty, my recommendation right now (if you're least bit confused) is ignore Outlook.com completely:
There's absolutely no reason to get involved with it.
There's no reason to go to it,
Or look at it unless you've got a clear understanding of what it is you want to do with it.
It's something that, probably, is best left alone for now – until
Microsoft's own direction and own future direction for things like Hotmail
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