I have been a die hard gMail fan since back when it was invite only. I don’t even remember when that was. Lately I have been playing around with Outlook.com and I am wondering if I should switch, or at least use them both. Ever since I upgraded my laptop to Windows 8 I have been really enjoying the Windows Metro style of interface, and outlook.com emulates that interface. My reasons for considering switching really does come down to the design, I just prefer the Metro style over the gMail style.
Another reason for playing with Outlook.com was trying to find an alternative to Google Apps Free version. I use the Free Google Apps for the companies I work for, and a few clients, and it is simply amazing. One of the best benefits for my clients is the Anti-Spam. The mail service provided with web hosting is just awefull at catching spam.
All of the business that I do computer work for are very small, all less than 10 employees, and they simply do not want to spend the money on Google Apps (I am referring to my clients that are not already one gApps). So I have been looking for an alternative that I can use for them.
So far I have setup my business domain to use Outlook.com, and so far it seems to work very nicely. I even like the Outlook app for Android. I am not sure why people seem to hate on it so much, I think its great!
Here are my pros and cons: Pros:
- Very, very, attractive web interface
- Very snappy
- Nice Android app
- Decent spam filtering
- Linked accounts (can have all of my Outlook.com/Live accounts saved and logged in)
- Outlook Connector Plugin for those using the desktop version of Outlook
- No IMAP support
- Can not match Google’s ecosystem
- Very little administrative control (for domains)
- Can’t reset users passwords
- Can’t setup forwarding addresses
- No groups
- No auto sharing of calendars (for domains)
- Other users in domain, are not automatically in your contacts
- Other users in domain, are not automatically available for chat
I will try to update this post, as I spend more time with Outlook.com.