10-07-2011 03:41 AM
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  1. narrow-minded's Avatar
    I tried to do a full switch but couldn't do it. I prefer the look of google services. I prefer the features. Live services aren't bad but I just feel more productive in the google universe.
    Ditto. Like others, I use a mishmash of the two.

    I use Google for e-mail and calendar. They are just simply better and more reliable, IMHO.

    But I use Windows Live for the To-Do List (cuz it syncs with the mango to-do's, which is awesome) and for SkyDrive.

    On top of that, I use a MacBook Pro.

    So I'm a pretty good mish-masher. :-P
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    10-06-2011 11:40 AM
  2. Pete C's Avatar
    I use Bing maps since it is integrated into the OS, however they in no way compare to Google maps. Google is far, and I mean FAR more up to date when it comes to businesses. Also, Google is more accurate with road changes, as in on-ramps that have been closed for 2 years still showing up in Bing. There really is no comparing the two.
    10-06-2011 12:07 PM
  3. Dave Blake's Avatar
    I have always used MS services exclusively. Coming from a WinMo background I had everything set from the beginning. What was fun was when I had a Android device and trying to use MS exclusively Google doesn't like that and they do there best to make sure you have to use Google to be productive.
    10-06-2011 12:13 PM
  4. staindgrey's Avatar
    Live features are pretty neat, but there's nothing wrong with using both.

    I use Office and OneNote for school, while my brother uses GoogleDocs so he and his friends can peer edit their stuff in real time. No reason we can't use both.

    Plus, no matter how much I try to switch to Hotmail, I'm just way too attached to my Gmail. It's just... cleaner.
    10-06-2011 12:14 PM
  5. threed61's Avatar
    I have always used MS services exclusively. Coming from a WinMo background I had everything set from the beginning. What was fun was when I had a Android device and trying to use MS exclusively Google doesn't like that and they do there best to make sure you have to use Google to be productive.
    I started out using windows live calendar, etc, and preferred it to Google. I stopped because it didn't work well with PalmOS, webOS, Maemo or Android. I think its MS that doesn't make it easy to use other devices, not Google, although this attitude seems to be changing.
    10-06-2011 12:48 PM
  6. staindgrey's Avatar
    I started out using windows live calendar, etc, and preferred it to Google. I stopped because it didn't work well with PalmOS, webOS, Maemo or Android. I think its MS that doesn't make it easy to use other devices, not Google, although this attitude seems to be changing.
    Agreed. It's actually quite easy to use my Google stuff on my WP7, but it wasn't so much when I tried using my MS stuff on my Android. Google tends to just put their stuff on everything and hope to win out by comparison. Customers like that approach; makes them seem like the much more friendly company.

    After all, their motto is "don't be evil".
    10-06-2011 12:59 PM
  7. theman60099's Avatar
    I switch back and forth quite easily. I think both gmail and chrome are better than hotmail and IE, but not by much. Search is a draw for me, same with maps. Google reader is unbeatable and iGoogle customization too. Windows phone kicks Android's ***!
    Gmail and chrome better than hotmail and IE? I don't think so,hotmail is always adding improvements and Gmail still has yet to introduce a built in SkyDrive solution (even gDocs is lacking). Gmail also doesn't have things like active view where if someone emails u a link to a YouTube video u can watch it without ever leaving the inbox. and as for chrome being better than IE9, just no. it always crashes on me and doesn't run the sites I goto as well as IE does,not to mention that it uses more RAM than IE.
    10-06-2011 01:27 PM
  8. jim_h's Avatar
    Bing maps isn't nearly as useful as Google maps. The main weakness for me is that the font used for street names is too large, resulting in only a few streets having name labels at a zoom level where Google maps would show them all.
    10-06-2011 01:28 PM
  9. joemd60's Avatar
    I have no problem using both services. I am still happy with my Terrific Trophy.:)But
    as I mentioned in another post, my only problem with Windows live is SkyDrive. I had photos saved on there, and when I compared them to Flikr and even Picasa 3. IMHO the quality and size just wasn't as good.
    Last edited by joemd60; 10-06-2011 at 06:46 PM.
    10-06-2011 01:46 PM
  10. theman60099's Avatar
    Bing maps isn't nearly as useful as Google maps. The main weakness for me is that the font used for street names is too large, resulting in only a few streets having name labels at a zoom level where Google maps would show them all.
    complaining over font sizes now? jaja u sir are such a winner today.
    10-06-2011 01:55 PM
  11. threed61's Avatar
    Gmail and chrome better than hotmail and IE? I don't think so,hotmail is always adding improvements and Gmail still has yet to introduce a built in SkyDrive solution (even gDocs is lacking). Gmail also doesn't have things like active view where if someone emails u a link to a YouTube video u can watch it without ever leaving the inbox. and as for chrome being better than IE9, just no. it always crashes on me and doesn't run the sites I goto as well as IE does,not to mention that it uses more RAM than IE.
    Just my experience, friend. I'm comfortable with both. I'll look for some of the email stuff you pointed out.
    10-06-2011 02:44 PM
  12. starblade876's Avatar
    Agreed. It's actually quite easy to use my Google stuff on my WP7, but it wasn't so much when I tried using my MS stuff on my Android. Google tends to just put their stuff on everything and hope to win out by comparison. Customers like that approach; makes them seem like the much more friendly company.

    After all, their motto is "don't be evil".
    There are no official Google apps on WP afaik, but there's at least an official MS Bing app on both iOS and Android. Independent developers are the ones bringing some Google services to WP7 and, even then, I'm sure there are some limitations.
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    10-06-2011 04:59 PM
  13. scottcraft's Avatar
    Some android phones even have Bing as the default search engine. That seems odd on a google phone.

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    10-06-2011 06:31 PM
  14. Vector555's Avatar
    There are no official Google apps on WP afaik, but there's at least an official MS Bing app on both iOS and Android. Independent developers are the ones bringing some Google services to WP7 and, even then, I'm sure there are some limitations.
    The only Google app on WP7 is Google Search. Google has about 15 apps on the iOS App Store.

    I do get the feeling that Google Intentionally short changes the Windows Phone 7 Platform. Who can blame them really, now that Microsoft gets royalties on Android sales.

    As far as going all Microsoft products or using Google products, I say to each their own. It will be interesting to hear the OP's final thoughts after a month. My current live account is tied to my gmail account. Can anyone tell me if live e-mail accounts allow plus addressing or . addressing?
    10-06-2011 06:32 PM
  15. joemd60's Avatar
    Not just Androids. I read an article awhile back on Phonescoop, that Blackberry devices will have Bing as their default search engine.
    10-06-2011 06:50 PM
  16. Winterfang's Avatar
    I just love how some Android devices come with Bing. Is like dang, it's a Google phone people, it's not going to cost you anything.
    10-06-2011 07:05 PM
  17. Vector555's Avatar
    I just love how some Android devices come with Bing. Is like dang, it's a Google phone people, it's not going to cost you anything.
    You might be surprised how many people buy an android not knowing that android is a Google OS.
    10-06-2011 08:11 PM
  18. Winterfang's Avatar
    I'm won't be surprised even if the number was 99% lol.
    10-06-2011 08:45 PM
  19. cckgz4's Avatar
    Love Gtalk too much. Granted it's the same thing as Live messenger, but all my friends have gmail addresses so...
    10-07-2011 01:00 AM
  20. Pronk's Avatar
    That's not true. In fact, why don't you find out for yourself? Blind Search

    Be honest with your results.
    Er, yes it is, because I'm happy to use any tool that saves me time at work so I've tried it. I work as a science editor and I frequently have to look up academic publications based on title of paper. 8 times out of 10 one of the top few hits on Google is a link to NCBI Pub Med with all the details I need (in fact, Google is better than PubMed's own internal search system). That hit rate is still good in Bing, but lower.

    I'm not saying Bing doesn't find the right result most of the time, but Google gets it higher up more often.
    10-07-2011 03:41 AM
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