If you want to use Outlook.com as your primary email manager, you might want to pin it to the Taskbar. This allows you to use the web app more like a desktop program in Windows.
Update: These instructions only work for Internet Explorer 11, which is being killed off next summer, and Legacy Edge which is no longer supported. We’ll have updated instructions for Windows 10 soon and will update this article.
Pin Outlook.com to Taskbar on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 from IE or Legacy Edge
Log in to your Outlook.com account in your favorite browser. Then click and drag the Outlook icon from the address bar to the Windows Taskbar and select Pin to Taskbar.
When you bring up the Jump List, you’ll have options to open your inbox or send an email. Another cool thing about this is it gives you quick access to Calendar, People, and SkyDrive.
If you’re using Windows 8 and the modern UI, you can pin it to the Start screen.