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FritzNelson
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2/21/2013 | 5:31:44 AM
re: Microsoft: Outlook Making Progress Vs. Gmail
Most people have multiple e-mail accounts, perhaps for different purposes -- person vs work, side business, accounts they keep hidden from spouses . . . I don't really think Microsoft cares why, just that they have them. Now they just have to prove the service is worthwhile. I think the author's comment about people being invested in Google's ecosystem (and thus carry a preference for GMail) rings true. Ultimately I think many people will choose an all-Microsoft or all-Google approach to e-mail/personal cloud/mobile.
AustinIT
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2/20/2013 | 7:35:15 PM
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Would agree with you about the Spam issue (less so with Jpolk since he regularly bashes anything to do with MS). Anyway, most of the legacy webmail providers have (or had) horrendous Spam issues. Their motto seemed to be - deliver everything, filter nothing, and relay like Hades.

fwiw - Outlook.com is a completely different product. Try it. I think you'll like it.
Byurcan
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2/20/2013 | 6:55:08 PM
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Have to agree with this comment, I had a had a hotmail account for many years now, and rarely get any spam. I find all the ads I'm subjected to in gmail to be highly annoying also.
My wife loves gmail, I don't think it's so great, I'll definitely be gibing outlook.com a spin.
RobMark
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2/20/2013 | 6:37:53 PM
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An @outlook.com account would carry much more business weight than a @gmail.com account.
RobMark
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2/20/2013 | 6:35:48 PM
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Funny, I very rarely get spam on my @msn.com or @live.com email accounts. . .
RobMark
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2/20/2013 | 6:34:24 PM
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Gmail is only that popular because of Android, so MS needs to get Android usage down as well as gmail usage.
Leo Regulus
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2/20/2013 | 6:19:24 PM
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No, GMail users are not going to jump ship. Very few 'floozies' here. Many will, however pick up an Outlook address as an additional account. Your email address says a lot about YOU. One my use different accounts / addresses for social, business or family use etc. .AOL, Hotmail & Yahoo, etc. (IMHO) tend to be viewed as social / informal media. I would not advise attempting to do any serious business with it. (Especially a job application or business transaction) As a new contender, Outlook starts with a 'clean slate' (tabula raza?) Nice for Hotmail users to get a 'free' status upgrade. Meanwhile, I like my GMail interface, where I am working now. I may have over a dozen email addresses that I have picked up over the years and they all forward here. I do also have Thunderbird loaded and active to insure that I have everything stored locally. Like my esteemed colleague always says, " Your mileage may differ ". Have a good day.
nc300
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2/20/2013 | 5:59:29 PM
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Who cares how many accounts. If they give it for free, everyone will take it, but do nothing with it. The question is how much the users will really use it (hits per day, #hours pages are open, etc.).

Just like JPolk's comment, my hotmail account is to hold junk contacts, and is full of spam. With lot of graphical ads, hotmail is also much slower than Gmail (text based ads). I check my hotmail once in a while. Am on Gmail all the time.

Would be interesting to see, how can Microsoft make this experience less painful.
JPolk
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2/20/2013 | 4:48:34 PM
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My Hotmail account was mainly a spam bucket. Like Yahoo!


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