Minterest » Windows Live http://www.minterest.org tech. marketing. mashups. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:12:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Bye-bye Windows Live Writer, Hello WordPress Editor! After 7 Years… http://www.minterest.org/windows-live-writer-vs-wordpress-editor/ http://www.minterest.org/windows-live-writer-vs-wordpress-editor/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:35:56 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=8808 I’m a huge fan of Windows Live Writer and it  has been my favorite blog publishing tool since 2007. In fact, all my blog posts over the past 7 years on this blog were written using Windows Live Writer except this one. This is the first ever blog post of mine written by using ONLY [...]

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I’m a huge fan of Windows Live Writer and it  has been my favorite blog publishing tool since 2007. In fact, all my blog posts over the past 7 years on this blog were written using Windows Live Writer except this one. This is the first ever blog post of mine written by using ONLY default WordPress Visual/Text Editor.

Windows Live Writer vs. WordPress Editor

The user interface of Windows Live Writer is the primary reason I (and probably everyone else) loved it. Why? Because it’s literally a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor. When we add our WordPress (or Blogger.com) account to Live Writer it will analyze our blog’s content and will then download the blog theme (including the stylesheet) so that we can write as if we’re writing using the front-end of the blog.

Recently, I decided to give a try to the default WordPress Visual & Text Editor once again and now I totally love it. If I remember it right, a few years back I tried to blog using WordPress interface but there were so many formatting issues which made me not wanting to try it again. For example, I had to deal with paragraph formatting issues many a times whenever I switched from Visual Editor to Text Editor. But now it’s all changed and is perfect.

And the best thing is that we can now copy-paste texts from other word processors like Microsoft Word, Evernote, Google Docs, etc. without worrying about formatting issues because WordPress now automatically strips out all the unwanted codes.

Windows Live Writer vs. WordPress Visual/Text Editor

After using Windows Live Writer loyally for over 7 years, I’ve now switched to WordPress Editor. Here’s  a comparison of Windows Live Writer and WordPress Visual/Text Editor, and my reasons for doing so.

Windows Live Writer Pros

Windows Live Writer

  • Windows Live Writer is a a desktop blog-publishing tool. It means that you can write Drafts even when you’re offline.
  • When you publish a blog post using Live Writer, you automatically get a local backup copy of all your published blog posts since blog posts are saved locally as well.
  • Adding a link is super easy because when you click the “Hyperlink” button in Live Writer it automatically copies the URL from the clipboard. You can even no-follow a link without editing the source code.
  • You can easily add images by copy-pasting from clipboard or from your computer.
  • You can also add videos from your computer or a web service like YouTube by simply clicking the “Video” button and then entering the web address.
  • The Word Count feature on Windows Live Writer shows the total word count of the current blog post in real-time. And if you want to count the number of words and characters of a paragraph then simply select the paragraph and click the “Word Count” button.
  • With Windows Live Writer, you can manage all your blogs (WordPress.org, Blogger.com, WordPress.com, Typepad, etc.)  in one place.
  • Since Live Writer downloads the actual theme from the web server it displays the styling of your heading tags (H1 – H6) and custom body classes.
  • When you’re done with writing, you can preview the blog post instantly within Live Writer and see how it would look like when you actually publish.
  • If you happen to link to the same website again and again from multiple blog posts then you can use the “Automatic Linking” feature in Live Writer. It’s a real time saver!
  • When you compose a blog post using Live Writer you get enough writing space since it’s a desktop application.
  • It’s got a built-in image editor. So you can add picture effects, watermarks, and adjust contrast without leaving the application.

Windows Live Writer Cons

  • Microsoft stopped the development of Windows Live Writer back in 2012 (not officially). It’s still the 2012 version.
  • When we copy texts from Microsoft Word (or another word process app) there are formatting issues, although you can avoid that to some extent by using its “Paste special” feature.
  • Again, when we switch from “Edit” mode to “Source” mode or vice versa some custom codes could be stripped out.
  • We’re not allowed to use a custom file name for an image when when we copy-paste an image from the clipboard.
  • Windows Live Writer is prone to crashing though it’s improved a lot now. We may lose data if the PC has crashed in between.
  • As you probably know, Yoast SEO is a plugin that we can’t live without. If we want to give a custom Title to a blog post then we still have to edit the blog post using the WordPress Editor because Live Writer doesn’t support Yoast SEO Plugin.
  • Windows Live Writer is a desktop application for Windows PCs only.
  • You’re going to miss Live Writer when you switch to a Mac or maybe when Microsoft discontinues its development officially.
  • The “Spelling” suggestion feature on Windows Live Writer is poor.
  • Inserting images is easy but image management is not efficient. For example, when you make adjustment to an image it results in duplicate images and wastage of disk space and bandwidth.
  • A “Find and Replace” feature is missing.

WordPress Editor Pros

WordPress Visual Editor

  •  The best thing about the WordPress Editor is its Visual Editor. It’s so powerful now.
  • And the next best thing about the Visual Editor is its enhanced image editing feature.
  • WordPress Editor is a browser based tool so we can make use of Google Chrome’s powerful Spell-checker.
  • It’s also crash-proof. Thanks to Auto Save featurethe changes that we make are automatically saved every 2 minutes. Also see, Post Revisions.
  • If you love WordPress Editor then you’re also going to love its beautifully crafted apps for mobile devices (Read: Top 5 Premium WordPress Apps For iPhone & iPad).
  • You can upload images to a blog post in bulk. Click the “Add Media” button in WordPress Editor, select and upload all the image files that you want to use in a blog post. Now you can insert any of those images in a blog post when you need it.
  • You can also specify custom image or link CSS classes by using the advanced settings of an image.
  • Control + Shift + V shortcut works! I’m a huge fan of Google Chrome’s Paste as plain text feature. We can easily copy-paste excerpts from anywhere on the web and copy-paste to WordPress without worrying about formatting.
  • It’s easier to find and replace text in WordPress Editor as we can use browser extensions for that. In most cases, Control + F is all you need.
  • Access “Media Library”. When we write blog posts frequently it’s more likely that we end up using the same images again and again so when we use WordPress Editor we get immediate access to our “Media Library” in one-click.
  • Everything in one place – SEO, Author, Featured Images, Scripts, etc. When you write a new blog post using the WordPress Editor, you’ll save a lot of time as you don’t need any other application like Windows Live Writer, Microsoft Word, etc.
  • You can increase your productivity further by using browser extensions and functions.

Read: Top 25 Google Chrome Productivity Extensions For Bloggers

WordPress Editor Cons

  • Writing experience is not as great as in Windows Live Writer. When we write using WordPress Editor it gives the feeling of a Notepad. I know some people might  like this, but I personally prefer a richer writing experience.
  • Writing space is limited unless you’re writing in the Distraction Free Writing mode (see Screenshot here) .
  • You can’t copy-paste images from the clipboard but there’s a plugin for that.
  • Adding links is not as easy as in Live Writer because it need more “clicks”.
  • Some popular formatting options like Font Family, Font Sizes, etc. are missing in the Visual Editor but there’s a hack for that.
  • You have to enter the Text Editor (or source code) view to no-follow a link.
  • Again, you have to enter the Text Editor view to add videos unless you’re using a plugin like Jetpack for that.

Yes, the number of pros and cons for WordPress Editor is less Windows Live Writer’s  but it’s obviously because I have only recently started using the WordPress Visual Editor. :)

Conclusion

The good thing about WordPress Editor is that there’s a plugin for almost anything. Yes, anything! So if you’re missing a feature in WordPress Editor then you can search for the same on the WordPress Plugins Directory. If you’re unable to find it then you can ask on the Support forum and someone will assist you.

The only problem is that… if you install the bad plugins then it can impact the performance of the blog. Make sure that you’ve read good news about a plugin before trying the same.

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Gmail vs. Outlook.com vs. Yahoo! Mail: An Ultimate Comparison http://www.minterest.org/gmail-vs-hotmail-outlook-vs-yahoo-mail/ http://www.minterest.org/gmail-vs-hotmail-outlook-vs-yahoo-mail/#comments Sat, 16 Mar 2013 14:04:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=5826 Dear Microsoft, there’s no doubt that Outlook.com (previously Windows Live Hotmail, Microsoft Hotmail) is cooler than Gmail or Yahoo! Mail. But you know what? Gmail (or Google Mail) is way ahead of any other e-mail service when it comes to productivity. I’m using Gmail ever since they launched as an invite-only beta release and it’s [...]

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Outlook.com vs. Gmail vs. Yahoo! Mail

Dear Microsoft, there’s no doubt that Outlook.com (previously Windows Live Hotmail, Microsoft Hotmail) is cooler than Gmail or Yahoo! Mail. But you know what? Gmail (or Google Mail) is way ahead of any other e-mail service when it comes to productivity. I’m using Gmail ever since they launched as an invite-only beta release and it’s Gmail and not Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail that redefined the way I use an e-mail service.

That said, as a Microsoft fanatic I finally migrated to Outlook.com from Gmail last year even though I was aware that I’m not going to get all the features I enjoy from Google Mail. But that migration was part of my break-free from Google as I was too obsessed with Google products.

So today, I would like to compare Outlook.com vs. Gmail vs. Yahoo! Mail to revisit the features I enjoyed at Gmail that “Hotmail…”, err, “Outlook” doesn’t support. You’ve compared Outlook.com with Gmail and Yahoo! Mail with a bias so I would like to show you an unbiased comparison of the top 3 e-mail services out there.

Gmail vs. Hotmail Outlook.com vs. Yahoo! Mail: A Quick Comparison

Features Gmail Outlook.com Yahoo! Mail
Free Storage Space 10 GB (and counting) Unlimited Unlimited
       
Attachment Limit 25 MB (10 GB via Google Drive) 25 MB (10 GB via SkyDrive) 25 MB
       
Mail Access Features Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), IMAP, POP Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), POP IMAP, POP
       
Automatic E-mail Forwarding Yes Yes Available for Yahoo! Mail Plus users only
       
Send Mail From Your Other Address Yes Yes Yes
       
Sub-addressing (?) Yes (‘+’ symbol) Yes (‘+’ symbol) Available for Yahoo! Mail Plus users only
       
Social No Yes, connect your account to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn No
       
Create E-mail Aliases No Yes Available for Yahoo! Mail Plus users only
       
Account Expiration after 9 months of inactivity after 9 months of inactivity after 6+2 months of inactivity
       
Ads Yes, annoying & spammy text ads Yes, not-so annoying tile ads Yes, ugly banner ads
       
Cost Free (with an option to buy extra storage) Free (ad-free Hotmail costs $19.95 a year) Free (Plus costs $19.99 a year)

 

Outlook.com: Pros and Cons

Outlook.com Screenshot

Why I Love Outlook.com?

1. Outlook.com is clean and fresh with an intuitive design. There are no ads in my account (I exactly don’t know why). But anyways Outlook.com’s tile ads are not as annoying as Gmail’s spammy text ads.

Outlook.com – Inbox Tour

2. You can Delete, Move, Categorize, Mark as read/unread, Sweep, Junk a message in one-click using Instant Actions.

3. You can sign in to your account using a one-time password (via SMS) so that you don’t have to enter your password if you’re using a shared PC.

4. You can recover deleted messages in Outlook.com.

5. You can create an alias (can be renamed or deleted) and it can be used as additional e-mail address that’s linked to your primary e-mail account.

6. You can clean your inbox by deleting and blocking all future messages from a sender in 3 clicks by using the “Sweep” feature of Outlook.com.

7. You can sort your messages by file size.

8. I love Outlook.com’s “Reading pane“. You can easily turn it off, or change the view to horizontal or vertical in a click.

9. The “New Message” and “Reply” space is huge with no annoying sidebar with ads.

10. The “Right-click” menu on Outlook.com is cool. Of course, Gmail supports right-click with “Message Sneak Peek” labs feature and it’s nice but Outlook is awesome.

11. You can connect your Outlook.com to your Facebook account and can chat with your Facebook friends.

12. Your Outlook.com inbox is tightly integrated with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Read: 13 Hotmail (Now Outlook) Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know

Why I Hate Outlook.com?

1. It will take ages to move e-mails from your old e-mail client to Outlook.com as they limit the number of messages to 60 at a time. I’ve over 100,000 e-mail messages in my Gmail and that’s the reason why I’m using Gmail’s e-mail forwarding instead of the POP-in feature in Outlook.com.

2. There’s no official Outlook.com app for iOS but you can access Outlook.com on your Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices.

3. I’m a fan of labels ever since I started using Gmail. Outlook.com supports folders and labels (known as categories) but there’s no option to delete the default labels.

4. Outlook.com supports “Rules for sorting new messages” but it’s not as flexible as Gmail and moreover you can’t create a filter with multiple parameters. You have to create a separate filter for each rule.

5. One of the most appreciated features of Outlook.com is its automatic categorization of mails. Well, it may be useful but I won’t call it perfect as Outlook’s algorithm is not clever enough.

6. I hate categories in Outlook.com. In Outlook.com, it’s possible to move messages from  Sent folder to say Inbox or any another folder. It’s really absurd as I expect my sent messages to stay in that folder even though I accidentally moved them to another folder. In Gmail, you can move a message from “Sent Mail” to “Inbox” but it continues to appear in “Sent Mail” as Gmail uses labels and not folders.

Gmail: Pros and Cons

Gmail Screenshot

Why I Love Gmail?

1. Gmail’s killer feature is its powerful search. The search combined with labels and filters is just amazing.

2. Never delete a message ever again as you have tons of storage! I don’t delete any of my messages instead I “Archive” them so that Inbox remains clean. Of course, both Outlook.com and Yahoo! Mail have unlimited storage but it’s Gmail which started the storage war with free storage that’s 250 times bigger than Hotmail.

3. You can send attachments up to 10 GB as Gmail is tightly integrated with Google Drive.

4. You can star any message in one-click. Outlook.com lets you flag (equivalent to Gmail’s starring feature) only incoming mails and not the sent mails.

5. You can also use Gmail to send messages from your other e-mail addresses using Gmail’s “Send mail as” feature. You can hide your Gmail address by sending the mails through your other account’s SMTP server settings.

Read: How To Use Gmail SMTP Server Settings For Sending Mail

6. Gmail’s filters are so powerful and flexible that you can define the filters the way you want. You can create a filter with multiple parameters. For example, I can create a filter to “Star” messages that are coming from abc@example.com and then apply a Label and mark automatically as important and send an automatic reply or forward to another e-mail address. They’re all possible using just one filter.

7. Like filters, another feature that’s worth mention is its Labels. Instead of using folders Gmail uses Labels. In Gmail virtually there’s only one folder and everything else is labels. You can add as much labels as you want to a message and you can search messages using labels apart from using other criteria.

8. Gmail Chat is so addictive and so powerful that it supports Instant Messages, Group Chats, Video Chats, Group Video Chats (Hangouts), Phone Call, etc. That’s not all! All your conversation history is archived online and is searchable. Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail later followed this feature and are now saving all chat histories on the cloud instead of saving on your local PC.

9. With Gmail Labs (experimental new features in Gmail) you can boost your e-mail productivity. And my favorite Labs are “Undo Send” (you get up to 30 seconds to stop messages from being sent), “Canned Responses” (create e-mail templates), “Inserting images” (it’s a killer feature that allows you to paste images directly into the message body), “Quote selected text” (quote only a part of the message instead of including the whole conversation when you reply) “Message Sneak Peek” (enables right-clicking on a messages).

Read: 10 Gmail Lab Features You Must Enable

10. Now when it comes to security Gmail is probably the best among the trio. With 2-step account verification Gmail is almost hacker proof.

Read: How To Secure Your Gmail Account From Hacking

11. With Gmail you can now track your recent login sessions (Access Type, IP Address, Data, Time) and can also sign out remotely. Click on the “Details” link present at the bottom right corner of your Gmail inbox.

Read: 10 Gmail Tips You Probably Don’t Know

12. Google offers a simple task manager called Google Tasks. Though I no longer use Google Tasks it’s really a cool product that’s integrated with Gmail.

13. Gmail allows you to create custom e-mail signature for each account that you have added.

14. Gmail’s app for mobile devices is just awesome with push notifications.

Why I Hate Gmail?

1. Gmail is not social and is integrated only to Google+ that nobody uses. But you can use the third-party add-on called Rapportive to connect your Gmail account to LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and more.

2. Gmail is heavy with too many unwanted features.

3. Gmail’s reading pane, known as Preview Pane, is a mess with ads, horizontal scroll bar, etc.

4. Gmail’s sidebar is ugly with distracting and spammy looking ads.

5. Replying to an e-mail message is awful as the reply window is very narrow with annoying ads.

6. You can’t recover a deleted message.

7. Gmail has got a simple interface but it’s really boring.

Yahoo! Mail: Pros and Cons

Yahoo! Mail Sreenshot

Why I Love Yahoo! Mail?

Oh wait, I don’t love Yahoo! Mail. I use my @yahoo.com only to receive spams or to sign up on a website that appears to be spammy. But still, if there is one feature that I like about Yahoo! Mail, it’s the Disposable Addresses (but available for Yahoo! Mail Plus users only). It’s different from “Plus addressing” of Gmail or Outlook.com. Instead of adding a “+tag” after our username Yahoo! allows us to create another base name (call it an alias) and then we can add up to 500 unique tags separated by a “hyphen“. For example, maheshone-twitter@yahoo.com; maheshone-facebook@yahoo.com instead of maheshone+twitter@hotmail.com or maheshone+twitter@gmail.com in case of Outlook.com or Gmail.

Why I Hate Yahoo! Mail?

Well, I think I can write another blog post on that topic as I hate almost everything about Yahoo! Mail except for its unlimited storage.

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Why Windows 8 ‘Metro’ Is Awesome But Doesn’t Make Any Sense to Me (& Possibly You) http://www.minterest.org/why-windows-8-doesnt-make-any-sense-to-me/ http://www.minterest.org/why-windows-8-doesnt-make-any-sense-to-me/#comments Thu, 22 Nov 2012 06:54:21 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=4997 Microsoft released Windows 8 last month and it was the first time I bought something on its launch day. I got my copy of Windows 8 as I bought the laptop on the same day. It was the second most awaited Windows OS for me, the first being Windows XP. When Windows XP was launched [...]

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Windows 8

Microsoft released Windows 8 last month and it was the first time I bought something on its launch day. I got my copy of Windows 8 as I bought the laptop on the same day. It was the second most awaited Windows OS for me, the first being Windows XP.

When Windows XP was launched everyone loved to hate it. People tried to convince me to uninstall the Windows XP which was preloaded with my COMPAQ and switch to Windows 98. And then when Windows Vista launched they wanted me to switch to Windows XP.

I never hated Windows Vista and I loved it more than XP. Windows 7 is probably the most successful operating system by Microsoft. But I never spent more than an hour on it as I was still using Vista. I believe that the migration from Windows 98 to XP and Windows XP to Vista was something exciting as the GUI was all different. Remember ‘Aero’?. But that was not the case with Windows 7. Why? Because Windows 7 is more or less Windows Vista itself. The only significant difference is it’s not as resource hungry as Vista. So this upgrade is definitely exciting for me.

Read: Here’s How Windows 8 Helped Me Break Free From Google’s Prison

Okay, coming back! Now Windows 8 is here and Microsoft has introduced a new exciting interface dubbed as “Metro UI“. It features a new Start screen mimicking the GUI of tablets and mobile phones. I’m not going to write yet another review of Windows 8 but all I want to say is that it’s amazing. A Windows 8 PC is like a tablet which boots and reboots in seconds giving a tablet/mobile like experience. Turn it on and you’ll see the Start screen in no time.

But Then Why Does The New Metro Doesn’t Make Any Sense To Me

Windows 8 — Start Screen

The new Metro Interface is like a PC within another PC for me. There’s no real reason for me to visit the Start screen as I don’t have anything there. I need to open the Start screen only to open software applications. If I add a shortcut to those software applications on my desktop then there’s no real reason for me to check the so called “Metro Interface“.

But that said, sometimes I frequently switch between Metro and Desktop as it’s a kind of obsession to me. I just visit the Metro for fun and nothing else because I love the Start screen and the way all the apps are arranged. Not to mention the live tiles (inspired from Windows Phone).

They say “Windows 8 isn’t meant for mice — it’s meant for fingers.” but it’s a non-sense. If you think about the Metro Interface then yes it works best with touch screens. But then there’s a normal desktop too and it works just like your Windows 7 PC.

Windows 8 Start Screen & Me

Though I love the Start screen as I said it doesn’t make any sense to me. The new Start screen means “more clicks” to me as I don’t spend the time within the Metro Interface.

Windows 8 — Start Menu 'Right-click'

But what I like about it is that a right-click gives access to Task Manager, Device Manager, Power Options, Control Panel, Search etc.as you can see.

‘Windows + Q’ Do A Hell Lot Of Job

Windows 8 — Search

I don’t use keyboard shortcuts other than those basic ones. But the shortcut “Windows + Q” does a hell lot of job. It’s like a Google search for your desktop. A “Windows + Q” takes you directly to search and it begins searching as you type. You choose where to search – Apps, Settings, or Files (and its contents).

Windows 8 Is Super Smooth

Windows 8 is smooth, fast, intuitive and It feels great to navigate and use applications as it gives the experience of a tablet/mobile operating system.

Windows Store – What’s That?

Microsoft maybe trying hard to build its own app store much like an Apple App Store. But I almost uninstalled all the apps which I had because I didn’t like the idea of opening full screen apps while working on the desktop. Also, most of the third-party Windows Store apps I tried lacked perfection. That’s the reason why I stick to the official apps released by different companies when it comes to the mobile.

Okay, Now When Does It Matter?

If you love your tablet then you’ll probably love your Windows 8 PC as the Metro interface offers a tablet like experience. I’m not a fan of tablet PCs as I don’t know how to make use of them. Maybe because I’m not into Gaming, Videos, eBooks, etc. But for me the Metro UI is interesting as it adds some colors to your desktop and looks pleasant too.

If all what you do is Music, Videos, Browsing, Reading, Social Media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter etc.) then you’re going to love the Metro UI!

Windows 8 Is The Next Windows Vista, Really?

Windows Vista Launch

At least that’s what it seems like. Windows 8 is ‘Windows reimagined’ but it could be the next Windows Vista. The Windows Vista was launched with a “Wow” but the “Wow” failed.

One of the primary reason why Vista failed was that it was not compatible with old PCs as it was resource hungry. Hence It was slower than its predecessor Windows XP which is still popular with over 30% market share and Windows Vista holds less than 10% market share according to StatCounter.

Now Windows 8 is also going to have a similar problem. Why? Because that ‘Start menu’ which everyone was familiar with since Windows 95 launch is gone. It’s replaced with a ‘Start Screen’ which may confuse people, even those tech savvy, a bit. Hence it’s going to have another adoption problem. But I loved the Vista when it was launched as it was something new to me and same is the case with Windows 8.

And I feel that the next successful OS after Windows 7 by Microsoft could be Windows 9 (or whatever it is) and not 8. They may launch Windows 9 like Windows 7 which was basically a Service Pack to Windows Vista.

Image Credit: Times

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How To Sync Windows Live Hotmail With Microsoft Outlook 2013 http://www.minterest.org/how-to-sync-hotmail-with-office-outlook/ http://www.minterest.org/how-to-sync-hotmail-with-office-outlook/#comments Sat, 03 Nov 2012 18:30:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=4869 I’m not one of those Outlook fans but I know that most people, especially those from the corporate world, love Outlook  as it can manage our Contacts, Mails, Calendar, Notes, Tasks all in one place. Since I was a power Gmail user I never had to depend upon Outlook. But yesterday I gave a try [...]

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Microsoft Outlook

I’m not one of those Outlook fans but I know that most people, especially those from the corporate world, love Outlook  as it can manage our Contacts, Mails, Calendar, Notes, Tasks all in one place. Since I was a power Gmail user I never had to depend upon Outlook. But yesterday I gave a try to the new Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 Preview. It looks just fantastic and is no longer the Outlook which I knew for a long time.

Well, now I feel that I realized the true power of Outlook lately. It can really do much more than what I have imagined. How? I’ll be showing you that in the upcoming posts as I’m still in process of consolidating my online stuff.

Microsoft says,

Outlook helps you manage your busy life more easily and efficiently. You get new and improved ways to find information quickly, handle email, coordinate schedules, keep current with contacts and social networks, and tame your unruly to-do lists.

Microsoft offered an Office Outlook Hotmail Connector to connect our Hotmail (now Outlook.com) accounts with Outlook so that we can manage our Windows Live Hotmail (MSN Hotmail), Calendar, Contacts from within Outlook 2003, 2007 and 2010. But it still lacked perfection and looked quite messy. But the new Outlook 2013 mimics the Windows 8 metro interface and is tightly integrated with your Microsoft account (formerly Windows Live ID) so it is connected to your Microsoft SkyDrive account.

Now the good news is that you no longer need an Outlook Hotmail Connector if you want to setup Hotmail in Outlook 2013. Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync is part of the new Outlook 2013. So all you need to do is enter your basic account details – name, username, and password.

How To Synchronize Microsoft Hotmail With Microsoft Office Outlook 2013

1. Open Microsoft Outlook 2013

Microsoft Outlook 2013

2. Go To File > Account Settings > Account Settings…

Outlook 2013 Account Information & Settings

3. Click “New…”

Outlook Account Settings

4. Enter Your Microsoft Account (@hotmail.com, @msn.com, @live.com or an @outlook.com) Details

Select “E-mail Account” if you want to configure your Hotmail (or Outlook.com) account and then enter the account details – Name, E-mail Address, and Password.

Outlook – Add Account

5. Click “Finish” and you’re done

Outlook – Add Account

How To Sync Windows Live Custom Domains With Microsoft Outlook 2013

Wait! If you’re using Windows Live Admin Center (formerly Windows Live Custom Domains) like me then you need to select the option “Manual setup or additional server types”.

Outlook Manual Setup

Click “Next” and choose “Exchange ActiveSync”.

Outlook ActiveSync Manual Setup

Now enter the Windows Live Admin Center (or Windows Live Custom Domains) account details which looks like.

Outlook 2013 Server Settings

Note: The “Mail server” should be: m.hotmail.com

Click “Next” and then click “Close” to finish account setup.

Outlook 2013 Account Settings

You’re all set!

Outlook 2013 Account Setup Complete

Alternatively you can setup the accounts from within your Windows Control Panel. I relied on this method when Outlook did not open because I deleted the temporary account. I got the error messages “Host Process Rundll32 has stopped working” and “The set of folders cannot be opened“. I solved the issue by checking the “Always show icons, never thumbnails” option under Folder Options > View tab.

How To Setup Outlook Account From Within Windows Control Panel

Open your Windows Control Panel. Search and find “Mail”.

Windows 8 > Control Panel > Mail

It opens the “Mail Setup – Outlook” window.

Mail Setup – Outlook

Click on “E-mail Accounts…” and click “New”. Now follow the “Add Account” instructions which I’ve mentioned earlier.

Note:

If you were already using Outlook 2010 then you will probably see two Hotmail account entries in your Outlook 2013 Preview. But only the new one would work as the other one will be disabled automatically. Outlook 2013 keeps old data but it won’t be copied to the new account due to some limitations. Hence its better you delete your old account profiles from “Account Settings”.

If you face any issue or need technical help then I suggest you to post your question or query at the Microsoft Answers Community.

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13 Hotmail (Now Outlook) Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know http://www.minterest.org/hotmail-outlook-features-tips-n-tricks/ http://www.minterest.org/hotmail-outlook-features-tips-n-tricks/#comments Sun, 05 Aug 2012 13:51:49 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=3749 Hotmail is your e-mail friend, right? And by now you probably know that Microsoft has rebranded Hotmail as Outlook.com (see the official blogpost here) in an effort to compete with Google Mail (Gmail). Hotmail was one of the first web-based email services and is still world’s largest e-mail service with over 350 million users, according [...]

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Hotmail Logos: New & Old

Hotmail is your e-mail friend, right? And by now you probably know that Microsoft has rebranded Hotmail as Outlook.com (see the official blogpost here) in an effort to compete with Google Mail (Gmail). Hotmail was one of the first web-based email services and is still world’s largest e-mail service with over 350 million users, according to comScore (June 2012). “Hot..”, err, “Outlook” is better than you think and is perhaps the only Internet brand that has redefined itself several times.

The Brand “Hotmail”

  • Hotmail (1996 – 1998)
  • MSN Hotmail (1998 – 2006)
  • Windows Live Hotmail (2007 – 2011)
  • Microsoft Hotmail (2011 – 2012)
  • Outlook [or Microsoft account?] (2012 – ?)

Over the past several years, Microsoft supported e-mail addresses on the following top level domains – @msn.com, @hotmail.com, @live.com, and now @outlook.com. I love everything Microsoft (maybe because I’m a Microsoft fanatic) and I love the brand @hotmail.com. But since I’m a power Internet user, Gmail is my primary e-mail account as it acts as my e-mail hub so I’m not going to switch to Outlook.com anytime soon (but I want to).


Microsoft Outlook Features, Tips & Tricks

Microsoft Hotmail (Now Outlook.com)

“Goodbye, Hotmail. Hello, Outlook.com”

  • Outlook is modern – you get a fresh, clean design that’s intuitive to use.
  • Outlook is connected – your conversations come to life with your friends’ photos, Tweets, and recent Facebook updates.
  • Outlook is productive – you get free Word, Excel, and PowerPoint web apps built in with 7 GB of free cloud storage.
  • Outlook is private – you’re in control of your data, and your personal conversations aren’t used for ads.

And, of course, Outlook gives you virtually unlimited storage and less spam – and works on your PC, Mac, phone, and tablet.

13 Hotmail Outlook Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know

Goodbye, Hotmail. Hello, Outlook.com

1. Your Outlook ID E-mail ID = Virtually Unlimited E-mail IDs

Append a plus (“+”) sign and any combination of words or numbers after your username. For example, I can use the ID myusername+twitter@outlook.com for Twitter and use myusername+facebook@outlook.com for Facebook. So that you virtually have unlimited email IDs. It works for your @hotmail.com address as well.

2. Virtually Unlimited Storage Space

Microsoft Outlook comes with virtually unlimited storage space that expands to provide you with as much storage space as you need. Your Outlook storage space will automatically increase as you need more space. But if your inbox is growing too fast then you might not be able to receive any more messages.

3. Recover Deleted Messages

With Microsoft Outlook, you can recover your deleted e-mail messages. It’s really helpful if you deleted your e-mails from your inbox accidentally or after you recovered your hacked account (hackers tend to delete all the e-mails in an account). If this feature is unavailable to you then you need to enable the same manually by navigating to Inbox > Options > Advanced privacy settings. Learn more about recovery of deleted messages.

4. Instant Actions

Instant actions are little buttons that appear beside sender names and subject lines your e-mail message list. It’s an awesome feature which saves much time as you can delete, flag, or mark a message as read/unread/junk in one click without opening the message. You can customize Instant actions by going to Inbox > Options > Instant actions.

(Gmail Tip: Enable “Message Sneak Peek lab feature on Gmail to get a similar functionality)

5. Sign In With A Single-use Code

A single-use code is a code you can use instead of your password. It lets you to sign in with a temporary code so that you don’t have to enter your password. If you’re using a public computer then this feature is handy. You can request a code whenever you need one and it can be used only once. The single-use code will be sent to your mobile number which you have added to your Microsoft account. Learn more about single-use code.

(Gmail Tip: Enable Two Step Verification)

6. Make Your Outlook E-mail ID An Exclusive One

Go to Inbox > Options > Filters and reporting and set the junk e-mail filter level to “Exclusive“. Now, everything is sent to the junk e-mail folder except the e-mails from your contacts and safe senders, Outlook service announcements, and alerts that you signed up for.

7. Create An E-mail Alias

How about an e-mail address that you want to use for a job site which you want to dispose later? In that case you don’t have to register another e-mail account, instead, you can create an e-mail alias by going to Inbox > Options > Create a Outlook alias. That way, messages sent to your alias can be kept in a separate folder.

8. Rename Your E-mail Address

Hotmail Outlook is perhaps the only e-mail service which allows you to rename your e-mail address. Go to Inbox > Options > Rename your email address and enter your new username. You can even choose a different e-mail domain for your new username (e.g. from mahesh@hotmail.com to mahesh@live.com or mahesh@outlook.com etc.). Your new ID will work just like your old one and all the new mails will go to your new inbox. You can keep all your old e-mails in a separate folder and your contacts, photos, docs on SkyDrive will be moved to your new address in few days.

9. Clean Your Inbox With “Sweep”

It’s a powerful feature (like Gmail filters) which lets you to clean your inbox. It allows you to – move e-mail messages from a sender to a specific folder, delete all email from a sender and schedule automatic cleanups. Learn how to organize your inbox with Outlook.

10. Sort Your E-mails (by Date, From, Subject, Size, and Conversation)

Outlook: Arrange e-mails by Size

You can arrange/sort your e-mails by Date, From, Subject, Size, and Conversation. It’s an awesome feature which I would like to see on Gmail as well. You can use the “Arrange by Size” feature to find e-mails which is using so much space.

11. Send Attachments Using SkyDrive

Outlook: Mail, People, Contacts, SkyDrive

Outlook is tightly integrated with SkyDrive so that if the attachments are too big (over 25 MB) then it will be sent via SkyDrive (it’s file size limit is 2 GB). Learn more about Office and SkyDrive.

Read: Microsoft SkyDrive vs Dropbox vs Google Drive vs Amazon Cloud Drive

12. Send & Receive E-mails From Any POP Accounts

With Outlook, you can send and receive email from other email accounts (Gmail, Yahoo! Mail Plus etc.) but those accounts must be POP-enabled. When you compose an e-mail you can choose your “other account” but your recipients may see: “on behalf of“. So, now you have all your inboxes in one place. Learn how to send and receive mail from other email accounts on Outlook here. Gmail also used to show an annoying “On behalf of” message to the recipient, but not anymore, as they support SMTP now.

Read: How To Use Gmail SMTP Server Settings

13. Outlook Is Social: It Is Connected To Your people

Outlook: Connected to your people

With Microsoft Outlook, your e-mails and conversations are richer with photos, updates and Tweets from Facebook and Twitter. When you open an e-mail from your contact Outlook shows their latest profile picture and activities on Facebook and Twitter (you need to connect your Facebook & Twitter account to Outlook by going to Inbox > Options > Content from third-party networks). Also, connecting your Facebook and Twitter accounts to Outlook means that you’ll have an automatically updated address book. That’s not all. If your Facebook, Outlook, Skype (soon) friend is online then you can send them an instant message right from your inbox.

Outlook: Skype Integration

Compare: Hotmail.com vs. Outlook.com

The Old Hotmail Interface

Old Hotmail Interface

The NEW! Hotmail Outlook.com Interface

NEW! Hotmail Outlook.com Interface

I’ve my Sidebar & Quick views disabled, so as you can see, the new interface is now much, much, much simple, user-friendly and super fast with no ads (at least as of now). – Sign Up Now and reserve your @Outlook.com e-mail today!

Hotmail vs. Gmail vs. Yahoo! Mail

Hotmail vs. Gmail vs. Yahoo! Mail

Gmail (or Google Mail) is really useful, there is no doubt about that, and is much more powerful than any other e-mail service out there but at the same time it’s heavy with tons of features.

As you can see from the chart, Hotmail still rules the world of e-mails but is losing it’s market share to Gmail (it’s rival).

Now, what led to Gmail’s growth? Google has a lot of online products which a lot of people use. Earlier you could sign up for a Google account using any e-mail id but now you need a Gmail ID to use any of those Google’s services that requires a registration. Also, Gmail is a spammer’s paradise. I myself get tons of spam mails and most of them comes from Gmail accounts. So, that may also have contributed to Gmail’s sudden surge in growth.

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Dear Google, Don’t You Know How To Write A Copyright Info? http://www.minterest.org/google-copyright-on-homepage-and-gmail-inbox-screenshot/ http://www.minterest.org/google-copyright-on-homepage-and-gmail-inbox-screenshot/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2012 18:24:52 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=1606 Dear Google, Why there is “No Space” in your Copyright info on your Gmail inbox? That is in between the “©” & “2012”. It’s been ages and you haven’t updated your Copyright style in Gmail. Until 2010 the Copyright on your so called patented Google Homepage was also like this. And then you changed the [...]

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Dear Google, Why there is “No Space” in your Copyright info on your Gmail inbox? That is in between the “©” & “2012”. It’s been ages and you haven’t updated your Copyright style in Gmail.

Gmail Copyright 2012

Until 2010 the Copyright on your so called patented Google Homepage was also like this.

Google Copyright 2010

And then you changed the Copyright and added the “Space” back in 2011 for your homepage. But why not Gmail?

Google Copyright 2011


Okay wait, now, does that really matter?

Of course not. I’m pretty sure that most people around won’t give importance to this thing. Since they don’t care about it. But as a perfectionist I hate it when I see that since its not the professional way to display Copyright. If I’m right you’re the only tech giant who doesn’t give importance to this. You can check out the footer of a Microsoft or a Yahoo! and learn how to design a web page.

Of the top three e-mail providers – Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail & Gmail – you may be the winner when it comes to features. But it ends there. I hate the @gmail.com brand.

Thank God (if exists) Google launched Gmail for domains (now part of Google Apps) where you can create your own @example.com e-mail IDs and still enjoy all the features of Gmail. Gmail for domains wasn’t a novel idea since Microsoft introduced Windows Live Custom Domains even before that. But I chose Gmail for domains itself since Hotmail is not as powerful as Gmail.

And when it comes to graphics no one can beat Microsoft. I love almost all Microsoft websites for it’s awesome design. They do is professionally.

Now see where the footer of an empty Gmail inbox lies. Can’t you align it properly?

My Gmail Inbox Screenshot

…and few words to Microsoft.

My Hotmail Inbox Screenshot

Do you really want to show that small small banner right below the left navigation? After all it’s showing Microsoft’s own ads.

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