Curious about the new outlook.com beta? Here's how to access it.

Just from the screenshot and information provided in the article, it seems like even Microsoft is being influenced by Slack and other communication tools that include GIFs and other fun elements a part of their user experience.
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by:Scott Fell
I am taking steps to move to outlook over gmail!  Thanks for this.
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by:Kristine Stewart
@Scott of course! What convinced you to make the switch over to outlook? Throughout my career I've used Lotus Notes, Outlook, and Gmail - Lotus was by far my least favorite to use.
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by:Brian Matis
Yeah, I'm curious too, Scott. I've been a big fan of Gmail and was really happy when I got to switch to using it for work instead of Outlook. But it's been many years now since I last made use of Outlook (and that was the desktop client), so it'd be great to get a more up-to-date comparison!
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by:Rob Jurd
I've recently made the switch to inbox (by Google) that I believe has a much closer to outlook interface than gmail, which is why I like it.
There's the action buttons on each message, reminders, archiving etc. Also runs in its own window, which can also be pinned to the taskbar.
Gmail has none of this (other than be pinned/run as own window)
If it wasn't for Inbox, I'd probably go back to outlook.
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by:Scott Fell
I have been using inbox on my gmail account for my android phone and outlook for my desktop.  

I do like some of the less cluttered look of inbox but you can't do everything in inbox as you can with gmail.  So now in typical Google fashion, they have 2 products where one is the shiny new thing that is missing features.  At some point, one of of these things is going to go or not get much love.  

Google Voice took the back seat to Hangouts, now hangouts has changed and Voice has been updated.  Talk was completely merged to hangouts.  Making a call from gmail used to be via talk which turned into voice, but now making a call from gmail is via hangouts.

Have you ever spent time developing with google products/api's?  Have fun because they tend to sunset and change things quickly.
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