A couple of weeks ago Google changed some things around on the website for Gmail; particularly with the composition window. In their view I’m sure that they felt that changing the composition window in Gmail was the right thing to do, and considering that Google hasn’t really changed much with their Gmail site in a long time, the change was required. The change wasn’t received as well by the Gmail users. It was criticized pretty harshly.
Google changed the composition window to be much smaller and located in the bottom right-hand corner. Formatting options are kind of obscured; it feels very avant-garde basic.
And run around the same time, Microsoft has been making a lot of changes to their Outlook.com website. I have to admit that the improvements that Microsoft is made to their email website is pretty impressive. It’s clean, responsive, and it’s not cluttered with too much information. The consensus seems to be that Microsoft is trying to leave behind the Hotmail brand of email that has the stench of no form and rampant junk mail.
In comparison between the composition window a Gmail and the composition window of Outlook.com composition Windows, the choice between the 2 is going to be obvious. Outlook.com has a much cleaner and more professional presentation on the composition window than what Gmail is doing.
Gmail gives the presentation of a very stripped-down web email client. Microsoft has apparently made great strides in moving forward with developing a quality presentation email site. And this is very surprising to because Hotmail has been the poster child for what not to do with webmail. Most people just used Hotmail for a junk email account when they want to sign up for websites and didn’t want to get spam on their official account.
This is what a composition window from Gmail looks like:
This is a composition window from Outlook.com:
It takes up the entire browser window; giving the user more time to focus on the composition of what they want to say as opposed to having to look at all the other information on the screen that has not been obscured— possibly causing a a distraction in thought.
I really hate to say it, but I think Microsoft is doing some good stuff with Outlook.com.
Larry Henry Jr.
…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.5