Sometimes I notice things. Yeah, I’m clever that way. Compare and contrast. How are these things different? Sesame Street has got nothing on me.
I’ve been using Google’s Gmail web-based email for some time. (Even though I plan to dump it when I get off my ass for privacy reasons.) To support my anonymous blogging habit, though, I started using Microsoft’s Hotmail web-based email, too. I like keeping my real and fake worlds separate.
It wasn’t too long until I noticed a few subtle differences.
Yeah, I do plan to minimize my use of Google in as many ways as possible. It’s not that I have any particular reason to distrust them that much. I just think they know too much about me, and no good (at least for me) can come of that. It makes our relationship too unbalanced. Accidents can happen, and I can imagine them dropping a dime on me to make a buck. So why willingly hand over the ability to do just that on a silver platter?
That said, they do have benefits. For one thing, Google is decidedly not Microsoft. The latter is a pretty bad example of a technology company, in my humble opinion. I like to call that corporation “Macrocost.” Once upon a time I planned a Macrocost parody of the shitty Microsoft website home page. But I was too lazy and it never happened. I call Microsoft “bad” because they squeeze every penny, go “proprietary” in the name of greed (wreaking much havoc on the internet and computing in general), and generally pump up software that is extremely flawed. My PC did the blue screen of death all the time. My Mac goes months without a single problem.
Microsoft, though, proves at least one thing. Pumping out shit can still be profitable.
Since I use both Google and Microsoft for web-based email, I thought I’d share my critique of the experience.
- Interface Design: Ugly
- Can’t click on things until advertising loads
- Page/advertising loads agonizingly slow
- Advertising is tailored to my needs so accurately it’s scary (see inset image, right)
- I’ve never been able to figure out how to filter my incoming email to folders for my priority peeps
- Interface Design: Beautiful with many interesting themes to choose from
- Can click things any time you want
- Pages load super fast
- Advertising is very low key – just a single text link
- Has all the features I think I need
That’s about it for this post. I just can’t pass up any opportunity to bash on Microsoft, I guess. I really just wanted to share that offensive ad from Hotmail. Can you imagine checking your email at work and your boss looks over and sees that on your screen? (Not that I give a shit but some of you might.)
What else do you expect from Microsoft besides keeping it classy and real?
Next week I’ll compare Microsoft Office with the “Notes” text editor on the iPod and prove how the latter offers a far more impressive suite of tools for productivity.