There’s a good chance that you once had a Microsoft Hotmail account. (If you’re in your 20’s now, you might be a little embarrassed to reveal what your user name once was.) Millions of users dumped their Hotmail accounts in 2004 following Google’s Gmail rollout, but Microsoft is now attempting to lure them back with Outlook.com. Microsoft cited in a blog post that discontent with Gmail seems to be on the rise. A tool they launched in December to import a Gmail account into Outlook.com is a big way they are attempting to make the transition back to their platform as seamless as possible.

So How Do You Use Microsoft’s Outlook.com Import Tool?

If you don’t have an Outlook.com account, you can set one up here. Once you’ve logged in, simply go to Inbox>Options>Import email accounts. If you want all your mail from Gmail to be copied into a new set of subfolders, select that option, otherwise click Start.


You’ll then need to sign into your Gmail account in order to grant access to the tool. When you’ve done this, all the mail that you have in your Gmail account will be copied over into Outlook.com. The structure of your inbox, including read/unread status of your emails, will be preserved, and all your Gmail contacts will be imported. Outlook.com even sends you detailed instructions on how to set up auto-forwarding from your Gmail account, so you never have to check it again.

What do you think? Do you have any issues with Gmail, and if so, would you be willing to make a switch? Let us know in the comments below.

Microsoft Office Blog
Digital Trends

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