Gmail vs Outlook.com


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Gmail
Gmail is a free, advertising-supported email service provided by Google. Users may access Gmail as secure webmail, as well via POP3 or IMAP protocols. Gmail's spam filtering features a community-driven system: when any user marks an email as spam, this provides information to help the system identify similar future messages for all Gmail users. Google also provides GMail alternative for business - G Suite Mail.
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Outlook.com
Cloud-based email service that ties into SkyDrive, so you have 7GB of free space, and it can open attachments right inside new Web apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Its built-in Outlook chat connects to Facebook messages. Outlook’s address book connects to Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, LinkedIn and other services, so contact info will update automatically when friends change their profiles. Microsoft also provides Outlook.com alternative for business - Office 365 Mail
Comparing Gmail vs Outlook.com is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Gmail has better video than Outlook.com



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Outlook.com has more user-friendly interface than Gmail because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Gmail is more popular than Outlook.com

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Outlook.com gets LinkedIn integration (in 2017)
- Gmail adds support for third-party add-ons (in 2017)
- Gmail starts converting addresses and contact info into links (in 2017)
- Microsoft launched faster and smarter Outlook.com (in 2017)
- Gmail gets Smart Reply feature (in 2017)
- Gmail adds add-on support (in 2017)
- Exchange Tasks now available on Gmail app (in 2017)
- Gmail for iOS Gets Undo Send button (in 2016)
- Microsoft unveiled big update to Outlook.com (in 2015)
- New GMail for Android supports third-party email providers (in 2014)

Looks like Gmail was recently more active than Outlook.com (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Gmail and Outlook.com meet head to head:

2017 - Outlook.com gets LinkedIn integration to keep up with GMail


LinkedIn integration within Outlook.com is now going live, allowing email users to view insights, profile pictures, work history and more from within their inbox. This would not be the first time that LinkedIn data found its way into email. Before being bought by Microsoft, LinkedIn itself acquired a smaller company called Rapportive which made a then popular Gmail add-in that integrated social profile data into Gmail’s web app. It later revamped the app to focus more heavily on the LinkedIn integration, and less on connections to other services like Facebook and Twitter. With the new Outlook integration, customers can click on an email contact’s name right in their inbox then view a rich contact card that includes a link to their LinkedIn profile.

2014 - Outlook.com ads smart filters like in GMail. Zoho Mail increases free limit to 10 users


Leading small business email services continue to delight us with new features and free options. Today Microsoft has released a major update to Outlook.com. The main new feature is smart filters that can automatically sort new emails or perform operations with them depending on different parameters. It allows even to build filters that you can't set in GMail. For example, you can set a rule that if the message is not read within 3 days, it's automatically moved to some folder. Besides you can now reply in-line to emails, remove the need to shunt to a new view to do so. Meanwhile the main Outlook.com and GMail competitor - Zoho Mail increased its free limit to 10 users. You may say that GMail and Outlook - are completely free. But it's not exactly true. Personal versions - are really free. But the business versions, which provide similar features with Zoho Mail (like own domain, admin panel) and are included in Google Apps and Office 365 respectively - cost from $5/month per user.

2013 - Outlook.com users will be able to chat with their Google contacts


Having read the title of this news you could thought that the miracle occurred and IT monsters finally stopped building walls around their empires and decided to implement open standards for the overall happiness. But in fact the things are much more pragmatic. Microsoft still doesn't like Google, and Google still doesn't like Microsoft. Microsoft just wants to move GMail users to its Outlook.com, and one of the reasons that keeps them from moving - is the loss of the ability to chat with contacts "that stuck on GMail" (it's a quote from Microsoft's blog). Within few days, Microsoft will add this feature in Outlook.com. By the way, Outlook users already can chat with contacts from Skype and Facebook.

2013 - Outlook.com adds two-factor authentication, new Android app to catch up with GMail


Microsoft is working hard to entice GMail users to Outlook.com. And not only with the help of funny videos. Outlook.com constantly adds new features and improvements. At this time it added two-factor authentication - the ability to log into your account after you enter the confirmation code (which is sent via SMS, Email or generated by special application.) Of course, this feature greatly improves the security of your Outlook account. Like in GMail you can set the "trusted" devices and computers, so you won't have to enter the confirmation code every time. Two-factor authentication will be available to all Outlook users in the next 7 days. In addition, Microsoft has updated Outlook.com for Android. Now it looks more clean and adds conversation threading. This application is strategically important for Microsoft, because Android doesn't support the Exchange ActiveSync protocol and business users (in the companies using Exchange server) suffer from it.

2013 - Microsoft trolls Google with funny videos again



Specially to the St. Valentine's Day Microsoft prepared the present to its beloved Google - one more video on its favorite topic: "How Google is reading people's emails in order to show them relevant ads." This video is a sequel to the successful musicals GMail Man and Googlighting, and to the new series Scroogled, in which a couple of friends is constantly suffering from Google's bullying. Who knows, maybe Microsoft will soon produce the full-length movie about the battle on Outlook and GMail (Good and Evil).

2012 - GMail integrates with Google Drive, Outlook.com comes to Android


Competition - is good for customers. When competition is strong, vendors stop being lazy and even forget about their political principles. And we've got the very interesting competition here: GMail vs Outlook.com. Microsoft recently turned its "mail for blondes" Hotmail into a solid and practical Outlook.com and now (as Microsoft says) it entices GMail users every day. Outlook.com advantages over GMail (according to Microsoft) are better spam protection and cleaner design. And different GMail features (discussion threads, hotkeys, themes ...) are gradually coming to Outlook.com. Today Outlook.com added an Android-application. Of course Android - is the competing platform, and so what?


And Google has finally stopped being lazy and implemented integration between GMail and Google Drive. Now you can send files stored on your online drive via GMail. In particular, it allows you to quickly send files up to 10 GB. Perhaps the reason for this step was that Outlook.com can send large files via SkyDrive. However, in GMail's option has one drawback compared to Outlook.com: in order to download the file recipient must have a Google-account.