Reasons of shifting to Outlook.com from Gmail
Being a primarily Gmail user, I find it extremely convenient to scroll around and do the daily mundane tasks of emailing. When Gmail added their Primary, Social and Promotions tabs, my job got a lot more easier, because then my mails would come to me already filtered. However, time again I used to get frustrated at its use as well, for e.g., to compose a new mail was easy and accessible, but God forbid I want to mark someone in Bcc on the same thread and expect a reply on it from all. The conversations are added to the same mail trail and after a point in time it is extremely difficult to keep a track of who said what.
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Another example is the latest Hangouts, which has replaced Gtalk. ‘Hanging out’ with a friend is a fine experience and very well articulated. Nevertheless, they changed all the smileys on it, making them so much more complexed. What I cannot deal with is that a chat box of Hangouts and a box for mail drafting is identical to each other. If I have a draft open and a zillion friends of mine decide to chat simultaneously with me, I basic would get hassle and confused. A new mail draft, replying on an existing mail trail and so, would be efficient on a completely new tab of the web browser, at least that’s my take!
One more problem that constantly bugs me is that the lack of option for making separate folders. You can make individual labels and mark some mail on that label, but you can’t make a separate folder altogether, and save that mail there. You can view the mails in the Inbox with categorized in the Labels. Why can’t I personalize my mails?
Considering my confusion with Gmail, I thought of looking out for alternatives. So I tried what I could find. Rediffmail, AOL, Outlook amongst many others. Mostly other web email providers has a lot of ads while you use it. In Gmail there was an option of text ads and with a specialized Promotion tab Gmail is promoting more ads.
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What made me shift to Outlook.com mail ID?
Outlook.com is exactly as simple as it gets. One can make as many folders, drag-n-drop their mails, all mail trails are put one after, not overlapping but at the same time being clubbed in a single format. It’s extremely easy. What I also love about this is that I can affiliate my all other IDs, like Gmail and others, into my Outlook ID to have all mails in one Email ID in separate mail folder. This makes the things more sorted and simple, you don’t have to open various Email IDs to check the mails. You can now check all the mail in one portal.
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You can even create up to 10 alias of your choice and start using a new Outlook ID with the primary ID. These alias can also be sorted in a separate folders. The interface and design are also clean which keeps the users vibrant. One Click drop down and the access to the Contacts, Skydrive and Calendar.
With the chat options you can chat with active online users. Especially with the integration of accessing GTalk, Facebook and Skype users you do not have to open another tab to check what other users have to say and you stay online in all the three social networking platforms.
All the features can also be synced with Windows Mobile phone and Android OS with ease. So you do not have to add all the accounts. All the work can handled with one account.
So for me Outlook.com wins over every other email providers that I have tried, what about you?