"Hate It So Far"on by pete592
Pros Unlimited storage is nice. Nothing else comes to mind.
Cons Questionable reliability. Confusing, cryptic interface hell for seasoned Hotmail users. Combines multiple replies into one link??
Summary I was completely unable to send messages at one point. I kept trying to send a message, the busy icon in the menu bar circled and circled for a few minutes, then stopped. Did it send? I don't know, the draft is still there on screen. I try to navigate away, and a message pops up asking if I'm sure and that the message hasn't been sent yet. Turns out, eventually they were sent. How do I know what's really going on?
I hate the way Outlook.com formats messages. Replies from multiple recipients are grouped into one link. I'm used to being able to look at my inbox and have replies each listed separately and each indicating the sender.
It doesn't get any better when composing a message either. The subject entry is the biggest joke. What's wrong with having clearly defined borders around the subject line and message body? Someone at Microsoft thought there was something wrong with it, and tried to make it look cool without any apparent concern for ergonomics. Why the hell do the recipients have to be in a column to the left? Does anyone prefer this? Did anyone ask for this? I sure didn't.
We've been robbed of right-click browser functionality. In Hotmail, you could right-click on a message and open it in a new browser tab. In Outlook, right-click web browser functionality is only available in the top menu bar. All other areas, such as the folders and message pane have Outlook's integral functions pop up with right-click (new folder, reply, etc.). Dumb.
There was nothing wrong with Hotmail's interface. It was simple, I could see everything, it made sense, and it worked. Microsoft has tossed aside practicality and function for the sake of making things look cool. I haven't found anything about Outlook that's easier to do than it was in Hotmail, not a single thing.
Pros Can't really think of any Pros, other than unlimted storage.
Cons When I tried it, I had been having issues with Hotmail's Search email option. I tried Outlook and was really disappointed that the Search email option wasn't working in Outlook either.
Summary I'm rating Out look 3 stars. It's better than some web mail services; but, really not as good as Hotmail. In reality though, comparing Outlook with Hotmail would be like comparing a hooker with the First Lady.
Pros none presented themselves
Cons It is so secure you can't even use your own mail account. With no mobile phone on which to receive the text that will provide the code to unlock my account it looks like its bye bye outlook.
Pros Nothing good to say.
Cons Everything to do with sending an e-mail.
Summary I have been a long time user of hotmail, and had no problems with it (hence the reason I used it for so long).
As soon as outlook came along, the simple process of sending an e-mail almost has me tearing my hair out - it it slow and clunky on my phone and desktop browsers, and there are so many problems with it - the 4 and 5 star reviews here HAVE to be fake.
Pros Great clean UI.
Easy to use.
Can create e-mails in HTML very easily.
Can connect to Facebook, Skype, and Google to chat with your friends or contacts from your Inbox!
Cons Log-in screen can be cleaned up to make it even more simpler.
Summary Awesome upgrade for Microsoft's e-mail service. Keep it up!