Microsoft is making some changes to the infrastructure powering Outlook.com in order to improve performance. Redmond is rolling out some changes to Outlook.com which will slightly improve the service’s performance, especially if you are on slow networks.
In the past, Outlook.com used to store your account in the nearest datacentre based on the country you selected during signup, and that wasn’t exactly accurate in some cases. But now, Outlook.com will be able to detect your actual location (possibly by using your IP address) and store your account on the nearest datacentre. Once again: this won’t necessarily lead to a drastic boost in the loading times of your Outlook.com inbox, but it could turn out to be useful when the service is under heavy load or if you are are using a slow network in a remote location.
Outlook.com will also automatically transfer your account to the nearest datacentre when you move from a country to another, although it obviously won’t be transferring your account between datacentres every time you go abroad, and Microsoft says the mechanism will be able to intelligently identify when you permanently move to another country.