Like many of you, I’ve had a Gmail account for many many years, but I’ve decided to make the move from Gmail to Hotmail. I’ve stuck with Gmail for so long because it was just easier, but I’m really tired of all the spam. I didn’t make this major change without a lot of Gmail to Hotmail research (yes, Gmail to Hotmail is a major change for this tech mom.)

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Why Gmail to Hotmail?

I knew that I wanted an option that is available everywhere, both online and offline, so that limited my options a bit. I decided to move from Gmail to Hotmail because of the following features:

  • Sweep away mail you do not want
  • Integration with SkyDrive & Microsoft Office
  • Alias email addresses
  • Integration with Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Spam protection

Gmail to Hotmail Aha Moment!

gmail to hotmailBelieve me when I say this was a HUGE decision for me. I have spent years organizing my email with hundreds of tags in Gmail and I do not want to start all over. I was at Best Buy a few weeks ago and a Windows Phone Rep was there and we got to talking about the Windows Phones integrating with Hotmail. That was when I mentioned my Gmail to Hotmail dilemma.

He asked me, “how often do you go to those “folders” in Gmail or do you just search all my mail when looking for a particular email?”

That got me thinking….99% of the time I do a search of all my mail. I can easily search in Hotmail.

So my decision is made and I’m moving from Gmail to Hotmail. Here are some details and videos I watched which helped me make the big decision to go from Gmail to Hotmail.

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Sweep Away Unwanted Mail

I love the idea of being able to sweep away email that I do not want to see now or in the future. I have some newsletters that I click “unsubscribe” every time I get them, but I still get them. Yes, it’s easy to hit delete, but I don’t even want to see the email in the first place.

Integrate SkyDrive With Hotmail

The integration of SkyDrive with Hotmail makes sending photos so easy. This is HUGE for me. I send a lot of photos and I’m tired of splitting it up into 5 emails to get all the pictures sent. Look at this video of how easy it is to do in Hotmail.

Alias Email Addresses

This feature will help me so much. I plan to create some aliases for newsletters, etc.

Spam Protection

This one was a no brainer for me. I have had an email address with Hotmail for some time, I just didn’t use it for my main email. When I would check it, there was no spam mail. I used this email address to sign up for things that I was unsure about which would be a perfect target for spam.

This last video is an overview of the Hotmail options, but it’s the video that sealed the Gmail to Hotmail deal for me.

I will be making the switch from Gmail to Hotmail next week and I will follow-up with directions on the process and let you know how it goes.

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Disclosure: I am a Windows Champion and I received a Sony VAIO laptop to use for 1 year in exchange for my posts. All opinions about my move from Gmail to Hotmail  are 100% my own.

Let’s Talk About Moving From Gmail to Hotmail!

What are your thoughts on the newest features on Hotmail? Have you moved from Gmail to Hotmail? Any advice?