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  1. Lych's Avatar
    I'm thinking about leaving Gmail for Outlook.com, what are big reasons you prefer Outlook.com over Gmail? (Excluding privacy reasons please)
    I've been using it for ages as my main email address and here are the main reasons I prefer it to gmail (keep in mind, that some of these might be subjective or dependent on use-case):
    - Allows up to 5 aliases out of the box. That's a major bonus if you use that feature, or if you decide that your "noobslayer123@hotmail.com" address just doesn't cut it any more. Any of these can be set to be your "main" address.
    - I prefer the design. Clean, simple. Gmail kind of overdid the whole thing and I never really liked it before inbox came along.
    - No ads. Well, you do get some in the sidebar in the browser version - nothing an adblocker can't fix though - but you don't get them shoved atop of your inbox that is just... well, it feels underhanded. This isn't present in inbox yet so far though.
    -I mainly live in the MS ecosystem and my outlook email address is just an integral part of that I guess. It meshes seamlessly and is convenient to use.

    Disclaimer: I also use gmail since 2005 (back when it was invite only). It has its pros as well, but it never really made it as a main email address or daily driver but it is my gateway for the Google ecosystem.
    08-03-2017 04:03 PM
  2. Sargon Aelther's Avatar
    That's very simple: Multiple aliases.
    I absolutely HATE being stuck with a stupid Gmail address that I created ages ago as a kid. I can't believe that google doesn't let you change it.
    08-03-2017 04:34 PM
  3. soulcancer's Avatar
    the contacts for outlook is garbage. Especially when you factor using an Android device. No social media integration. No amusing it syncing pictures. details suck. this is a huge reason I do not recommend it to people.
    08-03-2017 05:41 PM
  4. rromerof's Avatar
    It's super easy to answer:
    - I use Gmail because I love it. (Legacy, easy to use)
    - I used Outlook because I had to. (College I went had an agreement with M$ so I got an account in Outlook)
    The current Microsoft account that I have for Office 365 doesn't even has email, my login info is from Gmail either.
    Last edited by rromerof; 08-03-2017 at 05:59 PM. Reason: Typo
    08-03-2017 05:52 PM
  5. StefEBear's Avatar
    I have both still running. I've moved my main email to Outlook several years ago.
    I prefer it over the Gmail web services, that's now my 'junk account'.
    It also integrates into my Microsoft Environment and gives me OneNote as well.
    It also works more than fine on an Android phone. Outlook Calendar and email syncs nicely with the Samsung Mail/Calendar Client on the S8+ (recently moved from a Lumia950XL)
    08-03-2017 09:37 PM
  6. dbam987's Avatar
    One way to think about narrowing down the platform to choose is to think of which has the tighter integration across the applications you typically use.

    Microsoft has applications on all major platforms now, and this is a major win in terms of moving across Mac / iOS, Android / Chromebook, and Windows.
    08-03-2017 10:08 PM
  7. covfefe's Avatar
    I'm thinking about leaving Gmail for Outlook.com, what are big reasons you prefer Outlook.com over Gmail? (Excluding privacy reasons please)

    Edit: Thank you Windows Central for featuring this thread on the homepage!
    Firstly, you do not care about privacy *today*, that does not mean you might feel you need privacy in future, you can't suddenly apply privacy retrospectively after 20 years of using this email address.

    That being said, there are two choices in this environment. To host your email, amongst other online needs, you can use:
    a) a technology company
    b) an advertising company

    Choose a) or b) and there's your answer.
    08-04-2017 12:54 AM
  8. anthonyng's Avatar
    I was a big gmail fan, fairly early adopter, conversation view was the best thing sliced bread... "don't be evil"

    I still use it since I have so much stuff tied to it but I hate it my email address id haha. Setting up a new account just meant losing all the history I had in one place.

    I didn't care for hotmail either.

    When outlook.com launched, I was able to choose a better username, and only really used it for when I bought the 920.

    Slowly I find I've been transitioning more serious stuff to outlook.com and gmail is more of my spam/junk now... I'll be using both for the foreseeable future. They all link up fine in the mail app anyhow.

    I really appreciate outlook html mobile view too, it's awesome.
    08-04-2017 01:23 AM
  9. JohnKirkham's Avatar
    Got both, but prefer Outlook. It's only problem is travelling overseas it locks you out. Gmail really needs an update in so many areas but in the end, depends on whether you use Android or ever will.
    08-04-2017 02:22 AM
  10. saket87's Avatar
    I use both, have android phone so need to use gmail, but I prefer outlook.
    Like others said aliases are major plus point. You can have up to ten different email address that can fetch email in inbox. It you could create separate folder for each and filter the emails.
    The filtering algorithm, I have filtering on my inbox to have different senders email sent to specific folders for them. Makes managing inbox easier.
    Those are pluses for me.
    Oh and with outlook you can use exchange technology to get your email, calendar and contacts on any phone os. You don't have to look for specific app. (Gmail does that via IMAP though but email only. And I somehow don't like IMAP, don't know why, lol)

    With gmail you however get a free phone number and use it from the gmail screen. That's the plus for me.
    08-04-2017 03:32 AM
  11. mc_razza's Avatar
    To be honest it's not a question of preference for me. I use Hotmail emails still, so it's more a question of legacy. I've used the service for so so long that moving to Gmail would simply be a hassle without any real pay-off since they're pretty similar.
    That's me right there - I've been a Hotmail user since 2003. As a Windows device-user Hotmail/Outlook is easy, powerful and convenient.

    I have a gmail account only for YouTube. That's it.
    Last edited by mc_razza; 08-04-2017 at 08:52 AM.
    08-04-2017 03:58 AM
  12. Gibraltar75's Avatar
    Oh and with outlook you can use exchange technology to get your email, calendar and contacts on any phone os.
    For me this is the "selling" point for Outlook.com
    I need my emails, contacts, calendar accessible to me independently of the device or OS I'm using.
    Outlook.com syncs both ways using EAS with any smartphone and desktop OS.
    Try setting up Gmail to sync contacts or your calendar in Windows with Outlook 201x.
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    08-04-2017 04:32 AM
  13. abel46's Avatar
    Is there a reason you can't have both? I have had both for several years. And I have a third that is on my own domain. This is my main email address that is firstname@mydomaine.no and is my main email address. On Outlook and Gmail I set up an automatic forward to firstname@mydomaine.no and then I get all mail anyway.
    Then I don't have to give away my main email address, and can only use gmail or outlook for other not so important things - I think you know what I mean.
    08-04-2017 04:54 AM
  14. alexander0311's Avatar
    You can get 2-way contacts sync on Android if you add your Outlook account to the Gmail app. You'll even get an email from the Outlook team asking you to enable the sync service.

    Too bad I only found this a good month after I fully switched from Windows Phone to Android. I still use my Outlook account for literally everything, even as a Google account - only migrated my contacts due to this issue. I also disabled the Gmail app, which has no use once I installed Outlook.
    I also have both gmail acc and outlook. And i switched to android recently, and i still use outlook app for mail, even for gmail acc, and disabled gmail app. Yea i had some hustle with accounts sync so i had to migrate them from outlook to google, because for some reason outlook contacts where not supported on this huawei, but besides contacts, i still use outlook for everything else, even when i send mails from gmail acc. As a bonus, i like ui of outlook app more than gmail, as for functionality, im not a heavy email user so i might have been satisfied with both offerings.
    Ps: believe it or not, outlook app for win10 pc is a bit better than android version which got me some mixed feelings as a past w10m user lol
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    08-04-2017 05:34 AM
  15. Sher Allen's Avatar
    I used to use Gmail as my main email but it got to the point where it was just not easy to use and I couldn't figure out how to do anything in it. I decided to switch to Outlook.com and haven't looked back since- once you turn off conversation mode (or whatever they call it)Outlook is a piece of cake to use. And when its easy to use, it makes you more productive cause your not spending 20 minutes trying to figure how to do something.
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    08-04-2017 06:07 AM
  16. Drael646464's Avatar
    Layout of the web app seems better. I get less spam.

    Focused inbox. Better calender (and Cortana intergration with that calender). Skype intergration.
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    08-04-2017 08:39 AM
  17. ajj3085's Avatar
    Ya, this is it for me. The Outlook UI is nice and easy to use, while I find Gmail frustrating an incomprehensible.
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    08-04-2017 08:51 AM
  18. Lepoete's Avatar
    Outlook is the one for me, always been (got my Hotmail account before Microsoft bought Hotmail). The only reason I have a gmail is to configure Android devices.

    Login in Windows (8, 8.1 and 10) with your Microsoft account automatically configure Email, Calendar, Contacts and OneDrive with your Microsoft account so all is setup in Windows.

    The only issue I know about is the birthday calendar, it keeps birthdays of contacts you deleted and you need to delete and recreate the birthday calendar to fix this.
    08-04-2017 08:55 AM
  19. dlalonde's Avatar
    I'm thinking about leaving Gmail for Outlook.com, what are big reasons you prefer Outlook.com over Gmail? (Excluding privacy reasons please)

    Edit: Thank you Windows Central for featuring this thread on the homepage!
    Being a Windows 10 user on the desktop with an Office 365 licence and 1TB on OneDrive as opposed to 15 GB on Google Drive, I would change... if Microsoft sorted out their Android app...

    See I use Gmail for 7 addresses (including my @gmail.com and @outlook.com). But when I add those addresses to Outlook (as a connected account or as an alias) they don't show up on the Android app (I've tried everything I could). From what I found, that feature is not supported on the Android app and aliases are only supported for @outlook.com aliases. So it's a no go for me unfortunately. They used to support that feature but took it out and I don't understand why. Actually, I don't understand why Microsoft sometimes doens't make things that are, at a minimum, on par with the competition... but that's a whole other story.

    But basically I'm not going to take time out of my schedule to move back the emails to 7 different accounts and setup Outlook on my phone for 7 different accounts and manage 7 different accounts on an app because Microsoft decided to remove a feature. On Gmail, it works, it's setup and I'm happy with it.
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    08-04-2017 10:01 AM
  20. Darpan A Patel's Avatar
    I'm thinking about leaving Gmail for Outlook.com, what are big reasons you prefer Outlook.com over Gmail? (Excluding privacy reasons please)

    Edit: Thank you Windows Central for featuring this thread on the homepage!
    I am using outlook on browser, Phone and Laptop. They all look same. It clean and provide the best UX for users of any types. I have tons of rules for banking, utilities, shopping, tracking, people, personal projects and they all make my outlook experience neat and pleasant.

    I also enjoy features like:
    1. mentioning people in email
    2. Integrated services such as Onedrive, Skype, People, Online Office Apps, Calendar, Voip Calling, Facebook, Tasks and many more from one place "Outlook.com".

    I just search for a person and I see their contact details, Mail Communications, Files shared, Events etc on right hand navigation.

    I think this defines ultimately innovative productivity solutions offered by Microsoft.

    For few bucks a year, one can have personalized email domain and premium outlook.

    I hope this helps someone to make a switch from Google(Alphabet) to Outlook(Microsoft).
    08-04-2017 10:37 AM
  21. anon(10272511)'s Avatar
    Firstly, you do not care about privacy *today*, that does not mean you might feel you need privacy in future, you can't suddenly apply privacy retrospectively after 20 years of using this email address.

    That being said, there are two choices in this environment. To host your email, amongst other online needs, you can use:
    a) a technology company
    b) an advertising company

    Choose a) or b) and there's your answer.
    I never said privacy was important or not important. I'm willing to give up data for software that makes my life easier. Hell, I'm a snowden supporter and use Firefox. Privacy doesn't concern me with software when I'm getting something out of it that I enjoy.

    While Google is an advertising company, acting like they haven't made great innovations on the web and in software is ludicrous. Android is the most used operating system for a reason. Google is a software company just like microsoft. I'm not going to reply to anymore privacy posts because the people clearly don't read the first post.
    Last edited by worldspy99; 08-04-2017 at 11:16 AM. Reason: Edited to keep thread on track
    08-04-2017 10:59 AM
  22. worldspy99's Avatar
    Play Nice, Be Helpful, and have Respect!
    This means keep your posts polite
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    08-04-2017 11:14 AM
  23. dlalonde's Avatar
    Firstly, you do not care about privacy *today*, that does not mean you might feel you need privacy in future, you can't suddenly apply privacy retrospectively after 20 years of using this email address.

    That being said, there are two choices in this environment. To host your email, amongst other online needs, you can use:
    a) a technology company
    b) an advertising company

    Choose a) or b) and there's your answer.
    I don't want to spark a debate over something that has nothing to do with the OP (especially not with something as sensitive as Google VS Microsoft) but Google announced that they will stop scanning emails for ads. So that's no longer an issue.

    Furthermore Microsoft is also becoming an advertising company with WaaS. That boat has sailed unfortunately because ads are where the money is (and why Windows 10 is free).

    I think both companies have the same level of trustworthiness now.
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    08-04-2017 11:36 AM
  24. Hirox K's Avatar
    Used to be a Gmail guy (to be precise, Inbox guy) but since win10 (also after I bought my Surface Pro 3), I'm now an Outlook guy because Inbox doesn't have an uwp app. Besides, Outlook supports Gmail!!

    Keep -> MS Todo
    Inbox -> Outlook
    MyTube
    etc

    Focused mode is great btw!!!
    Last edited by Hirox K; 08-04-2017 at 01:59 PM.
    08-04-2017 01:43 PM
  25. Brandon Bowers's Avatar
    I'm thinking about leaving Gmail for Outlook.com, what are big reasons you prefer Outlook.com over Gmail? (Excluding privacy reasons please)

    Edit: Thank you Windows Central for featuring this thread on the homepage!
    I have found that Gmail blocks most if not all spam.
    dlalonde likes this.
    08-06-2017 07:19 AM
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