Microsoft has been fighting hard to win back the email users which it lost to Google’s Gmail. Google’s Gmail service was introduced as an invite only service which later became very popular among the users because of its simplicity, search features and most importantly huge amount of storage that kept on increasing.
Microsoft’s Hotmail.com and Yahoo mail were left far behind in a matter of few years. Gmail has kept on improving with time. Microsoft has been keen on winning its users back and has replaced Hotmail with Outlook.com which has a lot of new and improved features which can compete with Gmail. Outlook.com is similar to Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Web Access.
Outlook.com supports some unique features like integrating social media right into the mailbox. Outlook.com already integrates Skype and Facebook chat inside the mailbox to attract users to the service. The latest service to enter into the chat arena is Google Chat. Microsoft said that Google Chat support was one of the most requested features from people who were using their service.
With the addition of Google Chat with Google Contacts right inside of Outlook.com, people will have an absolute comfort in switching from Gmail to Outlook.com. Gmail has about 425 million active users while Outlook has just been born. Microsoft hopes to get a boost in the user base of Outlook.com
One of the most lucrative feature of Outlook.com is that it only shows ads in the main inbox. It doesn’t show ads inside the emails which Gmail does. Outlook.com has a better UI while Gmail’s search outperforms Outlook.com search.
The new Google Chat with Google contacts inside Outlook.com mail has already been integrated and will begin rolling out to all the users in a few days.
If you want to add Google Chat support to Outlook.com right now, follow the steps below:
- Go to Outlook.com and login with your Microsoft account
- Click on “Content from” at the bottom right corner of the browser window which will take you to social integration features of Outlook.com
- Now click on the Google account and sign in with your user credentials in order to integrate Google Account with Microsoft account
- Once Google Account has been integrated, you will be able to chat with your Google Contacts from Outlook.com sidebar.
What is your opinion about Outlook.com’s new Google Chat integration? Will you make a switch because of this feature? If not then why do you prefer Gmail over Outlook.com?