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The Outlook.com interface uses the familiar three-pane view.Ads appear in the right when you're not viewing content associated with a friend or contact.
Click the Chat icon (to the left of the Gear icon in the top right corner) to chat with an available contact. You can use any connected service, using the menu at the bottom of the chat pane.
Universal address book
The People app contains traditional contacts as well as live links to contacts in your social media circles.