I’m a simple girl. I don’t know much about computers and I certainly don’t know much about internet technology. So when I use a program, it needs to really work. I’ve recently had to use Microsoft Outlook email. It seems to be one of the most popular email services out there. Here’s my review.
1. Simple design. For an email service, it is designed pretty simple. You open your box and just the basics are there. An email comes in, it makes a sound, highlights the email and notifies you of it by updating the amount in your inbox. I have no trouble finding new email with this service.
2. Saved contacts. Outlook is pretty good with saving contacts. As long as you’ve emailed someone once, it saves their contacts. This is good because you don’t have to add them to an address list to email them again. Simply begin typing their email and saved searches will come up with the matching letter. Pretty simple.
3. Automatic saved drafts. I take a while to write emails. So when something comes up in the middle of my writing and I leave the screen and come back to find that my computer’s shut off, I don’t want my email to be lost. Outlook saves as you type, which is really convenient. You can even see how much has been saved in a little window next to your draft.
1. Account management. I’ve used Outlook primarily for college. At one time, I was enrolled in two colleges at once and had to have separate Outlook accounts. Colleges love Outlook, by the way. So, I was pretty hopeful that I could use Outlook by simply signing in and out of my accounts. Outlook tends to auto sign you in a lot and some accounts use this special type of Outlook that you basically have to sign into twice. To make it short, often, you can’t just sign in and out of an account so easily.
2. Deleting mail. Deleting mail on Outlook is almost impossible. I have tried several different ways, but Outlook seems to only allow you to delete one piece of mail at a time. This is frustrating when people send you SPAM that crowds your folder.
3. Deleting SPAM. In other email services, there are many ways that you can not only report and delete SPAM but you can create filters to make sure that certain unwanted mail gets automatically deleted. This is very hard with Outlook. I’ve tried everything to get rid of a college professor’s SPAM and Outlook simply won’t let me. Some go in the Trash but others just make it right back in, even though I’ve blocked the email address, altogether.