Outlook.com Will Now Locate Your Data Dynamically

Posted on October 27, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Outlook.com with 11 Comments

While we often get hung up on how the products and services look, how they work is arguably of even greater importance. And on that note, Microsoft is sharing some details today about how it will make your Outlook.com experience even better.

“A key part of keeping performance snappy is to store your data in a region that optimizes performance, which is typically based on the proximity of datacenters to where you are located,” the Outlook team writes. “Today, we’re excited to share ways we’ve updated Outlook.com to be more intelligent about where your mailbox data is stored.”

According to the team, Outlook.com will automatically configure your account to use the datacenters that offer the best performance. Historically, this meant placing your data in a datacenter in your own region. But as Microsoft’s datacenter capacity has expanded over the years, it has found that it can do a better job by moving your data to a new location when warranted.

This happens at the time of account creation, and it happens when you move. So instead of manually creating your account in the physically nearest datacenter, Outlook.com will now determine its location automatically, based on performance. And if you move, Outlook.com will automatically move that data to the best datacenter for you, over time.

“For example, if you set up an Outlook.com account in Spain and later relocate your residence to the U.S., your account will be migrated to U.S. datacenters to optimize your access,” the Outlook team notes. “Note that we will not continuously move data back and forth between regions every time you travel abroad. The intent here is to improve performance by keeping your data in proximity to where you are primarily located.”

So that’s interesting. But seriously, when are you going to update Calendar and People in the new Outlook.com? 🙂


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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Outlook.com Will Now Locate Your Data Dynamically”

  1. gvan

    I just set up Outlook Premium with my custom domain and I'm very happy with it.

  2. Stooks

    Wake me when Outlook dot com can sync my contact photos and ring tones to my phone and allows me to de-link the Skype junk.

  3. CeeTee

    "arguably of even greater importance"

    Seriously? Who in their right mind would argue that how a software service looks is more important than how it works?

  4. spacein_vader

    They're going to have to be pretty certain they know when you've moved by May 25th next year. Using their example if I went from Spain (an EU country,) to the US for say 3 months,) and then back my data would still need to be kept in EU servers to be compliant with GDPR.

    Come to think of it, that might be the thinking behind this.

  5. StevenLayton

    Even better than where my data is stored, I have a pumpkin icon on Outlook that gives me a Halloween theme!!

  6. dontbe evil

    "But seriously, when are you going to update Calendar and People in the new Outlook.com"

    fun fact, let's compare how many times google updated gmail, contacts and calendar in 5 years to outlook.com

    • Stooks

      In reply to dontbe_evil:

      Fun fact.....Google's contacts work. Just Google "outlook dot com sync contact photos".

      I moved back to Outlook dot com to give it another try. It simply won't sync my contact photos or any individual ring tones for calls or texts. Google will. I tried this on both a iPhone and Android phone.

      Also any contact that has Skype as well, it then injects this long "live:3489t1209u675n452" or whatever number in the contacts and you CANT get rid of it. Not to mention you get multiple contact lists when you setup a phone Outlook, Skype, Windows Live, Facebook (don't even have an account). I am guessing since they are linked and you CANT get rid of them they are in there. With Google you get....."Contacts" as in just the one, what you would expect.

      Anyhow I complained and there is some big thread on MS support but their stupid canned answers about how setup a phone with their email was posted, probably by some bot.

  7. DaveHelps

    I wonder if, how and to what extent this is driven by a desire to avoid legal tangles over data sovreignty?

  8. Linden

    And...since the early morning of 10/28 I cannot access my premium outlook.com mailbox. "An error occurred when you tried to access your mailbox because a server with information about you and your mailbox couldn't be found." Sigh.

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