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Journey into Windows Live

posted Mar 7, 2014, 12:10 PM by Samuel Warren   [ updated Mar 7, 2014, 12:10 PM ]
Windows Live has a lot of features, and it's fairly obvious that they're aiming directly for Google lately. consider the following feature lists

 MSGoogle 
OfficeDocs 
OneDriveDrive 
 Outlook.comGmail 
Live Custom DomainsGoogle Apps For Domains 
Skype Google Talk 
 CalendarsCalendars 
 OneNoteGoogle Keep 
 BingGoogle 
 PeopleGoogle+ 

As you can see the direct market competition areas between the two are astounding. Not all of them are feature for feature identical either. I hesitate to use Google Keep since my Google notebooks were taken away from me years ago. At the same time the Live Custom Domains doesn't offer any Site-type functionality. This post is on a Google Site. Obviously, it's used often at least by me.

While I've been an Apps For Domains user since the beta days, there's some features on the other side I'd like to have. Outlook.com is a much better webmail client. People means I don't HAVE to go to facebook and can still stay in touch. OneDrive's local sync is well though out where the Google Drive local installation simply made links to access the files online. Nevertheless there are good reasons why the Google Apps platform work for me. I just wish there was an easy way to mesh my favorites from both.

I attempted to mesh them somewhat through things like forwarding my mail from one to the other, and while it sort of worked, it still wasn't polished enough to call a solution. I guess we'll have to wait an see which direction these two end up taking. Personally I like them both.