Outlook.com has beautiful design. You can change the outlook color design. You can get connected to gmail and other mail services in outlook if you have account in live or microsoft or hotmail too. Login once and try. You can chat with other friends who are in twtter or facebook account also. You need not to do any thing other than configuring it. Just configure start using this.
Beauti here is when you click the outlook logo you get the below things.
Smiley type of picture on the right corner is for facebook connection. YOu can do a lot of things. You can get the gmail and other thing connected check mails without any ads which appears in your gmail or facebook accounts. Isn't it really good service.