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Using Outlook Client in conjunction with Windows Live Hotmail

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I've been using Windows Live / Hotmail / Outlook-online some, and it's pretty good. One downside is that you can't "pop out" a window like when you create a new e-mail (like you can in Outlook client and gmail).

Anyway, I then set up Outlook client (Office 2010) on my PC, and sync'd up to Personal Hotmail-Live.com\. This seems to be working.

A couple of questions
- should I expect full sync between Outlook client and Outlook online ?  Does this include e-mail rules set up on either Outlook client or Outlook online ?

- I've tried Outlook online before and gave it a good try, but not being able to "pop-out" a window was a fatal flaw to me. That's what Outlook client does, and gmail can do this, but as far as I can tell, you can't do it in Outlook online.
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Yes. Assuming you've installed the Outlook Hotmail ConnectorOutlook Hotmail Connector you should get bi-directional sync of EMails, Contacts and calendar.
Your rules should work as normal but my understanding is that they won't get pulled down to Outlook, and rules you set up in Outlook won't get applied to the Hotmail account - rules you've created via Hotmail online will apply as soon as the emails are received, Outlook rules will only apply when Outlook is running and connected.
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BlueCompute,

thanks. I did download the Hotmail Connector. The set up of my account failed a couple of times and then it finally when through when I manually configured it, but it was pretty simple. I did some basic checking on the sync'ing and it seemed ok.

that's a little rough about the rules, it would be nice for them to sync. Without that, you're maintaining two systems always.

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curious as to your perspective - in Outlook online, you can't "pop out" a window on a new e-mail, that is definitely a showstopper to me, I'm always going back to the main e-mail folder to search, etc. It seems like a normal user experience but not so in Outlook online.

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But overall, it's good to have the Outlook client option. At Home, I'm always on the desktop, but at work I would have to use the Outlook online.
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What about contacts ? I see Outlook-online pulled in all my Facebook contacts, I don't really want that. I want a clean contact list, that hopefully is synced to Outlook client and Hotmail.

I added my son on Outlook-client and he did show up online, but separately from his contact info that was sucked in from Facebook.
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It will only have done this if you've previously configured facebook contact sync in your hotmail account - if you log in at hotmail.com and go to the "People" section, you should be able to select which contacts are included/synced from there?
You're quite correct, the current version of Oulook online doesn't appear to support multiple windows in any meaningful manner. You could open 2 browser windows yourself, I don't see any other way to make this work I'm afraid.
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>>It will only have done this if you've previously configured facebook contact sync in your hotmail account
- ok, good to know, I'll look at the settings

>>the current version of Oulook online doesn't appear to support multiple windows in any meaningful manner.
- this just seems so basic, as that's how Outlook-client works and gmail has this feature. I tried Outlook/Hotmail for several weeks and then abandoned it for this feature alone. I'm always going back and forth between my current e-mail and other e-mails, whether at work using Outlook client or with gmail for my home e-mail.

Plus I liked all of the MS components - SkyDrive, OneNote, etc. all of which allowed me to use Word, Excel, etc. I think it's cleaner than Google docs/G-mail, but they keep getting better.

Thanks for the tips.
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