- 01-12-2013, 07:59 PM #1
With the Google/Microsoft war, how will people who are reliant on Gmail and googledocs, but using windows phone be affected? Currently my main mail on my WP is gmail, and it seems to work fine for the moment, but how will that change in the future? It seems that in order to get the best of WP you need to be fully emersed in the Microsoft ecosystem.
- 01-12-2013, 08:13 PM #2
I kinda look at the os as just what's running on a device, a dumb terminal that connects to other very smart and heavy machines. If the dt is windows, or whoevers os, there is still plenty to be accessed via a web browser.
Folks use hotmail (or live, whatever mail is called this week) on macs, linux, bsd, win32, and all sorts of machines. The same for gmail, or (gasp/choke) an ISPs services.
what benefit does the user gain by using one mail service vs another ? I don't see one.
- 01-12-2013, 08:14 PM #3
your last statement applies to any phone from any ecosystem. however, Microsoft isn't willfully breaking its ecosystem interoperability with others like Google. You need to consider whether getting your services from an advertising company vs a software company is in your best interests. It certainly wasn't in mine which is why I dumped Google cold turkey.
- 01-12-2013, 08:16 PM #4
yeah but the gmail on IE is very crummy. Much better to use the mail app that WP already has. It's been working fine, but I'm afraid in the near future, it won't work anymore. Which would be disaster, since not being able to properly use your mail with your smartphone is a great detriment.
- 01-12-2013, 08:20 PM #5
01-13-2013, 06:11 AM #8
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- 01-13-2013, 06:22 AM #9
Guys!!! You dont have to shut your gmail account or leave gmail because maybe in the future WP cant sync to it. The solution is to forward all your gmail emails to your MS account! I did that with my iPhone, i forwarded all my MS emails to gmail and now when i got my Lumia 920, i forward all my gmail emails to my MS account! So its not a big deal
- 01-13-2013, 09:33 AM #11
You can use SkyDrive to share documents. Office is light years ahead of google docs. My school uses google apps, yet they require us to have office.
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01-13-2013, 05:51 PM #13
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Slowly weaning myself off Google services. I was quite heavily into them for my business for a while but over time became a little unhappy with the appearance of the services as opposed to say the functionality and now have everything with MS except my business email address which is still handled under google apps. If Google dropped functionality with Win Phone that would be a huge pain but as I own the domain name I guess I could change that over to be handled by MS. Not sure exactly how I would do that but I am sure it's possible so will cross that bridge when I come to it.
To be honest I don't mind paying for a reliable, secure service with a slick interface if it came to that - like one other poster said, would you rather you account be handled by a software co or an advertising co.
- 01-14-2013, 12:00 AM #14
Don't know what all the hostility towards Google is for. Just use the best of each company to maximize your user experience. Not company is perfect. Google is doing some amazing stuff like it or not, and some of their products are the best on the market. Each company has its strengths and weaknesses.
01-14-2013, 01:20 AM #15
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- 01-14-2013, 01:32 AM #16
I personally moved from Gmail and every other Google service. As other users say, they broke my confidence. It was the same day Google restricted the freedom to choose.
Good bye, Google.
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- 01-14-2013, 03:56 AM #17
01-14-2013, 06:23 AM #18
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I am with several others in this thread - gradually closing off my access to google due to their practices, Mind you what do you expect when it's free. I remember reading somewhere that if your not paying for a service then you are the product so you shouldn't be surprised when google start selling your info to customers. If only Bing maps was as good as google maps though....
- 01-14-2013, 07:07 AM #19
I'm going to have to second the comments on SkyDrive and Office. I find it hard to believe Google docs is offering you services, that can't be replaced with SD and Office.WPCentral Ambassador
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- 01-14-2013, 12:37 PM #21
Pick your poison. Every company sucks, every company abuses and mines your data to sell to advertisers (don't think for a moment Microsoft isn't doing it too, they are, and it's well documented), every company tries to lock you into their ecosystem, every company has fanboys that think their company is the best and all the others are evil and suck.
01-14-2013, 05:09 PM #22
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While, it is really easy to move from GMail to Outlook.com mail service, I don't think that should be the strategy from Microsoft.
In GMail you can enable POP, and go to Outlook.com and settings enable to read from GMail.
It works fine.
My Outlook.com has transferred all my GMails (from 2004) to my Outlook.com.
All the new GMails appear in the Outlook.com.
In you "From Address", it will say "Sent only behalf of firstname.lastname@example.org".
Not a bad solution.
Additionally, you can create an Outlook.com mail alias also.
And you can use any mail id interchangeably.
But, it is good solution for everyone out there.
People love gmail.
So, if you asking them to move from GMail to Outlook for Window Phone, it is going to fail.
I am sure, MS is aware of it.
And they will have a solution (like Apple).
So, you folks who don't want to use Outook.com you don't have to worry.
01-14-2013, 05:18 PM #23
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There is always the non-free option. Hosted Exchange accounts cost $4/mailbox/month. You can use the proper Outlook Web App instead of the outlook.com inbox and hotmail calendar combo. I am very close to this, as I am getting tired of waiting for the hotmail calendar to be replaced.
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