Re: Have you tried Outlook.com?
Yes, I have used Outlook.com for my personal e-mail for quite some time. I have no issues with it and find it conveniently similar to the full client Outlook I use at work. I do also have a gmail account, mostly because I had to in order to access the App store for my Android based phone.
At the end of the day, none of these large companies (or their products) are perfect and we (the consumers) make trade offs as to what functionality we need and what privacy or other things we're willing to give up in order to get that. Been that way for as long as I can remember...and like the old expression goes, "there is no such thing as a free lunch" so if they're giving you free e-mail, they have to generate revenue from that in some way.