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“There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast” – Herman Melville

Last August, Microsoft introduced their new Outlook.com webmail service. There’s a lot of buzz going on around Microsoft’s new baby, so we decided to do a head to head comparison with the current king of email, Gmail. This article basically covers the main differences, advantages, and disadvantages of one over the other, so read along to find out which is better than the other. This is Gmail Vs Outlook.

InterfaceOutlook 2013 Interface. Source: www.pcpro.co.uk

After logging-in, it becomes pretty obvious that Outlook’s look is cleaner than Gmail’s. We know Gmail has a nice and neat look, but wait until you see Outlook’s. Although Outlook’s interface is not radically different from Gmail’s, it is a little simpler. And we think that that’s a good thing because Outlook is all about your e-mail and nothing else. Although there are still ads on the sidebar, Outlook’s layout isn’t as “messy” as Gmail’s because, unlike Gmail, it isn’t trying to integrate with other services from its parent company.

Storage Space and Attachments

Gmail currently gives free users 10GB of email storage, and you can only send files with a maximum of 25MB. While that may seem more than enough, Outlook gives users an unimaginable unlimited storage space for their email. Outlook’s 100MB limit on file size sending comes also as a fresh surprise, but what’s really cool is the fact that you can link your account to Skydrive to instantly bump up your file-sending limit to 300MB for free.
As for incoming attachments, Outlook is pretty much the same as Gmail in terms of the ability to open Youtube videos, photos, and office documents directly inside the email.

Deleted Message Recovery

With Outlook, you can easily recover deleted messages even after emptying your trash bin. Simply open the “Deleted” folder and there you will find that link that says “recover deleted messages”. Click on that link and you’ll be pleasantly surprised that Outlook doesn’t really throw your junk email away. That is not the case, however, with Gmail. Once you delete your trash folder, or if emails are left in it after 30 days, your deleted emails are gone forever. 

Compose Emails in HTML and CSS 

Aside from the standard WYSIWYG (in both Gmail and Outlook) email composer, Outlook lets you code email messages directly in HTML and CSS. This is especially awesome for those who love to customize their emails via coding. To access this feature, simply go to “Options” and choose “Edit in HTML”, and viola, you can now code your email to your heart’s delight.

Google Circles. Source: www.blog.schipul.com

Going Social

Gmail is nicely integrated with Google+, the problem is, only some of my friends and family members are actually on it. Outlook however, went with a wide approach by integrating with more social networksTwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn, all of which are widely used by our family and peers.

Spam Control

Spam and junk mail takes up time (and space) to manage if they get into your inbox. So to be more productive, it’s better for all of us to let our webmail provider do that for us. Gmail does a pretty awesome job at filtering spam, there is no doubt that they set the standard very high. Unfortunately, I think Outlook one-upped them a bit when they came up with a feature that labels newsletter-type emails and adds an unsubscribe button
automatically. Wow! That’s a pretty neat feature because unsubscribing just became a one-click process.

Find Space-Hogging Emails Fast 

Outlook comes with the cool feature that sorts emails by their size. If ever you get low on email storage space (which probably won’t happen with Outlook), simply sort your emails according to file size and blast those space-hogging emails away.


Given the same internet connection speed, Outlook will outrace Gmail in loading, sending, and attaching emails. Honestly, this feature alone makes this whole Outlook testing worth the while. The only problem that I have with Gmail is speed (especially with a mobile device), so I have to give my congratulations to Microsoft’s Outlook team for identifying that basic problem and solving it accordingly.

Hopefully this information will help you choose between Gmail and Outlook 2013 easily. But whatever email service you pick, remember you can use KeyRocket shortcuts in both Outlook 2013 and Gmail for Chrome.

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