Gmail vs. Outlook – Two Of The Best Email Services


Gmail vs. Outlook

Nowadays, everyone is spending a good amount of time reading and replying to emails. Old mails are not being used anymore and this is because we live in the era of speed. Today, we’re going to talk about two emails services: Google’s Gmail and Microsoft’s Outlook.

First of all, you should know that the Gmail has been released back on April 1, 2004 and it was offering 1GB of storage. Many thought that this is an April Fool’s joke, as this storage limit was very high for a free email service.

Outlook is the old Hotmail, which was released back in 1996 and it was acquired by Microsoft back in 1997. The email service was rebranded as MSN Hotmail, then Windows Live Hotmail and, finally, in 2013 it was renamed as

User Interface

Both email services come with a clean interface, but since Outlook is owned by Microsoft, it was expected that it will use Windows Modern UI interface. We agree that Gmail’s user interface doesn’t look as good as Outlook’s user interface, but that doesn’t make its user interface look bad.

Folders, Labels and Searches

Instead of folders, Gmail comes with Labels, which, in our opinion, are way better. With other words, you will be able to “tag” a single email into multiple labels, instead of putting it into a specific folder.

On the other hand, Outlook comes with its traditional folder structure and instead of labels, it has categories. You will be able to apply more than one category to a single message, but even if you do so, the message will not move the message into a specific folder. In addition, Outlook will automatically tag some email that you receive in categories such as Newsletters, Photos, Documents (also known as Quick View folders).

Search Function

Gmail has a more powerful search function and it allows you to search for emails that you’ve received/sent from/to a specific email address. On the other hand, Outlook has a decent search function, but it is not as powerful as the one that Gmail is offering.

Spam Filtering

Gmail also comes with one of the best spam filtering out there. You will notice that, rarely, a spam email will get into your inbox. However, Outlook doesn’t come with such sophisticated spam filtering, but it has a decent one, which does its job pretty well.

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