Screenshots: Manually update to before Microsoft does it for you

The actual upgrade takes only seconds to occur and you'll see a Welcome message

As soon as you log in, the entire upgrade will take place immediately and you'll see a Welcome message like the one shown in Figure C. Take a few moments to look over the information, check out the tips, and watch the video tour. If you are ready to begin using, you can just click the Continue to inbox button.

Once you have made the upgrade, you'll find that all of your email messages and contacts are just as they were in And, since you have the same email address and password, you can begin using the new tools in to send, receive, and manage your email.

When you log out, you'll find that you can log back in at or at Either way, you'll end up in the new interface. Eventually, will disappear and typing that address will simply redirect you to

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