For the past few weeks, I’ve been toying around with the Microsoft ecosystem. For several years I had been using several emails from different providers, but mainly from two of the major services. I had always been weary of using an ISP-based email going back to the days when I used to change services a lot. So I settled, and over the years got used to how one thing work. Mainly, this had been Google.
I got an Android phone a year back from my cousin, and let me pay him for a sub account on Verizon, it seemed like a good deal at the time. Of course, I guess, the economy finally took its toll on my cousin and the next thing you know, despite me paying, my line went dead. Anyways, I needed a new line, and since Verizon kinda sucked by me, I figured why not a different service. Only this time I was going to do something different, I would buy my own phone and try and avoid a contract. Sticking with the “going different” theme, instead of a new Android-based phone, I went with something new, a Windows Phone.
So Microsoft released this Windows Phone 7 platform, and I have to tell you it ain’t bad. Seeing as how the WP7 platform worked best with Mister Softy’s Live system and that my main Gmail system had become a digital overgrown forest, I figured why not go back to MSN? Someone at PCMag said that the new Hotmail setup was damn good now, almost better than Gmail. So I went back to it and gave it another go.
Folks, yes Hotmail is pretty good up to a point, but the rest of Windows Live is rougher than sandpaper. You would think that on IE9 it would be smooth. Forget it. Whomever designed their Calendar system and Skydrive should be taken out and beaten with wooden cane. As I just said, Hotmail was good up to a point. That point being the address book. Now, if there ever…EVER was way NOT to design an email address book, then the one on Hotmail is the best example. All of this wrapped in a cloak of user unfriendliness. Microsoft learned virtually nothing from its rivals.
To call Windows Live’s user controls system a Rube Goldberg method would be an understatement. Many times you click on something thinking it would do what you clicked on it to do. Nope. Take alerts in their Calendar section. It says I have turned off alerts yet they still appear. But this is indicative of a lot of things with the Live platform. Skydrive works good on Windows Phone 7, but on your PC it feels disjointed at best.
Its really a shame, because I honestly thought I could diversify in this type of thing. Perhaps its a built-in bias born from years of using one platform. This must be what Mac users go through when transitioning to a Windows or Linux desktop platform. Well, suffice it to say, I gave it a go, I really tried. But I think starting this week I will return back to using Google’s services. They just seem to have their act more together than Microsoft.