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Gmail vs. Outlook

Microsoft is still the leader in desktop apps, especially Wo jeffm07/27/17
While I agree that Gmail has some pretty robust features, th lawyer207/27/17
What's your cloud back up look like? Also what service do yo isthisit07/27/17
Overall, I find Outlook (the application) a superior product dingbat07/28/17
jeffm (Jul 27, 2017 - 4:06 pm)

Microsoft is still the leader in desktop apps, especially Word, Excel and Outlook. Outlook.com (online), however, sucks compared to Gmail. I finally made the switch, and even though it took a little time to get it set up correctly, Gmail works great.

Google seems to be leading the pack in the on-line/cloud-computing world. Microsoft jumped in the game too late, and its programmers aren't very good. Outlook.com, for example, is loaded with bugs and lacking in basic features.

I have yet to encounter a serious flaw with Gmail/Calendar/Contacts. Even the informational screens for set-up are tremendously better than MS.

Chromebook might also be eating MS's lunch; I don't know. But I do see the value of moving everything to the cloud. Just bought a new computer, and migrating locally-stored data isn't too hard, but it is still a pain and can take a long time just to deal with it, whereas with everything in the cloud, setting up on a new computer is super easy. All your critical data is there as soon as you provide the right credentials. No more backup/restore/export/import mumbo-jumbo.

Ditched my Windows phone for an LG Android, and Gmail/Calendar/Contacts all sync-up nicely. For once, it's all working like it should.

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lawyer2 (Jul 27, 2017 - 4:54 pm)

While I agree that Gmail has some pretty robust features, the compatibility of Outlook with MicroSoft Documents is all the incentive I needed to keep Outlook as my primary email. By design, OneDrive syncs seamlessly with my work, home & school Window based PC's. Besides, Google's T&C's at one point, claimed ownership of content used in Google Docs. I'm not sure if that caveat still remains, but that, along with the aforementioned dissuaded me from using it primarily.

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isthisit (Jul 27, 2017 - 11:27 pm)

What's your cloud back up look like? Also what service do you use to access your files remotely?

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dingbat (Jul 28, 2017 - 10:45 am)

Overall, I find Outlook (the application) a superior product, due to many of the smaller features that nobody pays attention to. Outlook.com isn't actually outlook, it's glorified hotmail. Gmail blows that away easily.

Microsoft mostly creates cheap/inferior products and then leverages its large user base to push market dominance. They've always used a "good enough" approach (especially their operating system). For some reason, their office suite is different. Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and especially Excel are miles ahead of their nearest competitors.

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