Hotmail vs. Gmail: The Rematch

Posted: July 26, 2010 in Just Out!
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Gmail has been the favorite email for many people in the last few years, mainly because of its many features that were unrivaled by its competitors. These features included:

  • Threaded conversations
  • Excellent spam filtering
  • Unlimited (and expanding) storage
  • Integrated chat client (google talk)

in addition to Google docs, which allows users to edit and save documents, spreadsheets and presentations online, access them from anywhere, and even share them and collaborate on them with other users.

It seems that Microsoft has finally managed to catch up to Google with its revamped Hotmail. I just saw the new Hotmail a few minutes ago, and I already like it. It features:

  • a new spam detection engine (which is yet to be put to the test)
  • the ability to view messages as threaded conversations
  • “batch” operations, for example deleting all messages from the same person, or moving all these messages to another folder
  • the widely used Windows Live Messenger (aka MSN messenger) integrated right into the email page
  • the ability to create Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), and save them online (on Microsoft’s SkyDrive), thus being able to access and edit them from anywhere without having to install Microsoft Office

Even though this move came way later than it should, I think it might put Microsoft ahead of Google. Basically, Hotmail now offers all the features that Gmail offers, plus two important extras:

  1. MSN messenger has been around much longer than Google Talk (or Google chat), and has a much larger user base
  2. Millions of people use Microsoft Office, and it would be great to be able to edit my Office documents in a web application that will not have compatibility issues, or mess up all the formatting

So, whether or not Hotmail beats Gmail is yet to be seen. In the mean time, take a lot at this promotional video for the new Hotmail.

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