Microsoft provides update on migration to new Outlook.com

After several months of testing, Microsoft announced in February that the new version of Outlook.com is out of preview. At that time, Microsoft said that they are rolling out the upgrades to Outlook.com users as quickly as possible, with millions of accounts being upgraded each week. All Outlook.com users will get the upgrade soon, and there is no action you need to take in order to trigger the upgrade. Yet after two months of the announcement, very few Outlook.com users have this new experience. ZDNet spoke to Outlook team about this delay and Jon Orton, Director of Marketing for Outlook provided an explanation on the delay.

  • More than 175 million of 400 million accounts have been migrated to new experience.
  • He said that moving Outlook.com users to the new Outlook.com “is just more than a facelift.” It is not same as the previous Hotmail to Outlook.com transition.
  • The new Outlook.com is built on an Office 365-based infrastructure which gives your email and calendar data, enhanced security and reliability. So, Microsoft is migrating from the legacy infrastructure to latest Office 365 based infrastructure. This will also enable Microsoft introduce new features to both Outlook/Office 365 and Outlook.com.
  • During the preview period from May 2015 to Feb 2016, Microsoft received lots of feedback and they are making a number of “improvements and corrections.”
  • Microsoft is expecting that the vast majority of Outlook.com users will be upgraded by the end of this summer.

Hopefully, my account will be migrated to new Outlook.com experience soon! Read about the features that will be coming as part of new Outlook.com here.

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