In a previous tip, I showed how to pin Outlook.com to the Windows Taskbar. That allows you to use the web-based email service more like a desktop program. One thing that’s missing with that is there are no desktop notifications when you get a new message as you can get with Outlook 2013.
To get Outlook.com email notifications on your desktop, download this free utility called Howard. It’s available for both Windows and OS X. Once it’s installed you’ll get a notification from the system tray when you get new messages.
Right-click the icon and go to “Settings” to change how often it checks for mail and how notifications are displayed.