Microsoft’s new webmail “client” – outlook.com and why I’m dropping gmail

Posted on August 6, 2012

I’ve had a live.com account for a few years now, but haven’t really used it.  The one thing that I do use it for is the Family Safety feature.  With 3 kids in the house, it’s a nice extra layer of internet protection.

To this point, I haven’t really used the Hotmail/Live email side of things, outside of checking the messages that Family Safety gives me.  Well, now that Microsoft announced the new Outlook.com interface, I decided to give it another try.  Now that I’m almost a week in, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to ditch gmail and stick with Hotmail/Live/Outlook.com.  gmail, and its Conversations has always annoyed me to no end.  I tend to prefer my mail to be chronological, not grouped together.  I know, you can supposedly disable that, but that STILL doesn’t solve the problem of how the gmail client on my Android phone works.  I’ve NEVER been able to get it set so that I can just see a simple listing of my GMail Inbox.  That, along with Google looking over my shoulder to see my email and watch where I surf, has pretty much turned me off to Google’s products.  I understand the idea that I have to give a little to get free stuff, but it’s still too much for me.

Anyway, last week, I went into gmail and set it to forward everything over to my live.com account, but still save a copy.  I’ll leave it that way for a while, then probably eventually set it to delete off of there.  Since they’re generous with their storage though, I may just let it pile up.

Setting up both my personal Android phone (Droid) and my work phone (iPhone) to check my live account was simple.  Hotmail/Live/Outlook.com only supports POP and ActiveSync and not IMAP.  Fortunately, with both phones, that’s not an issue.  Both of them support ActiveSync and, in fact, the iPhone has a Hotmail choice for setting up an account.  The nice thing about ActiveSync (and IMAP) compared to POP is that you can see all of your online folders.  This is great if you sort you messages into folders.

So, going forward, I’m going to start using Live.com account a lot more.  I’ll be able to stay logged into it and not worry, at this point, about Microsoft building a dossier on all my online activity.  Hopefully this will work out in the long run.

Jeff

 

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