Dark and dreary

Except for the logo up top, the Outlook app's home screen bears zero resemblance to its Web-based counterpart. And that's a shame, because Outlook.com is beautiful.
Updated:
Photo by: Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET / Caption by:

Multiple personalities

The Outlook.com app supports multiple e-mail accounts and makes it easy to toggle among them.
Updated:
Photo by: Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET / Caption by:

Sort of search

The big search search button on the main navigation bar only searches through your contacts. If you want to search through the text of your messages, you'll have to hit the Android search button. This doesn't make much sense.
Updated:
Photo by: Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET / Caption by:

Compose a message

The app's compose screen, with its Windows 2000-style buttons, looks nothing like the Outlook.com Web site.
Updated:
Photo by: Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET / Caption by:

Extra line of defense

One thing I like about the Outlook app is its PIN code option, which offers extra protection in case you lose your device.
Updated:
Photo by: Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET / Caption by:

Settings

The Outlook app does offer a nice set of notification and sync options, which makes it a usable app, so long as you don't mind the way it looks.
Updated:
Photo by: Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET / Caption by:
Hot Galleries

Last-minute gift ideas

Under pressure? These will deliver on time

With plenty of top-notch retailers offering digital gifts, you still have time to salvage your gift-giving reputation.

Hot Products