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Brian.Dean
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11/9/2014 | 8:51:20 PM
Re: Not a fan of Google Kool-Aid
@Susan, great point about the wonders of learning. New things are scary at first, but once a user gets used to it then they begin to see the benefits. I remember when Microsoft Office changed their menu, etc., at first it was difficult to locate functions that were required but with time it became intuitive.

And then, there was the Win 7 to Win 8 upgrade, which makes the existence of a plan B important, i.e. deploy Outlook if all else fails.
Susan Fourtané
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11/9/2014 | 8:35:52 PM
Re: More like a desktop client with a bit of 'to-do' functionality
Steve, 

I think none of us can make a definite judgement of Inbox without having even seen it and tried it. About the dedicated to-do apps, again it depends on each user and his needs and preferences. Having my to-dos listed together with my email on the date I have to do them is something I know I am going to like immediately. :) 

The multiple inbox thing is quite useful for me. I like to receive the emails in separate categories. However, it's not as smart as I would like it to be. I expect Inbox to be better in that sense. 

-Susan

 
Susan Fourtané
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11/9/2014 | 8:08:35 PM
Re: Not a fan of Google Kool-Aid
Technorati! :D There you are. The fun of everything is in its learning process. Learning new things keeps your brain active and young. When you stop learning your brain gets lazy. If you already use Gmail there can't be a big difference using Inbox. Just Gmail improved. :) 

-Susan
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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11/9/2014 | 5:19:59 PM
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@PaulS681    Funny.  I recently had to open a Hotmail account ( again ) after using Gmail as my primary email - and I must say I just can't get into the Web Hotmail. 

It is ok - gets the job done but I am too use to google at this point.  So I will just continue to use both.

Technocrati
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11/9/2014 | 5:16:39 PM
Re: Not a fan of Google Kool-Aid

@Joe    Now that you mention it - I couldn't agree more.  You would think most would favor simplicity when it come to "email on the go", but it looks like Google has something else in mind. 

 

Of Course.

Technocrati
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11/9/2014 | 5:13:45 PM
Re: Not a fan of Google Kool-Aid

It is really going to be interesting to see if Google inbox makes my mobile email life easier.  I just hope the adjustment/learning curve is not too long or painful.

Brian.Dean
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11/9/2014 | 4:38:36 PM
Re: Not a fan of Google Kool-Aid
Good point about the interface as a defining aspect that separates a personal email account from a productive email account. I feel, a productive or work related email address will always have a large number of inbound and outbound communication taking place in it -- dealing with 10 messages at any given time would be better than, dealing with just 6.

If the email address is important and everything else is failing then, an application for instance, Outlook can always be deployed.

 
Brian.Dean
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11/9/2014 | 4:28:18 PM
Re: More like a desktop client with a bit of 'to-do' functionality
I sometimes use Google Calendar as a to-do-list app, and it is nice that the Calendar sends an email update as a reminder. It works well, but I would consider Gmail and Google Calendar as separate apps, Calendar's utilization level increases because it has the ability to take in information in an automated fashion (.ics files), if Inbox can also do specialized functions of a to-do app then, it will be good.
jastroff
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11/9/2014 | 2:15:22 PM
Re: Not a fan of Google Kool-Aid
Agree with the idea of a "clean interface" to get through emails quickly.

There's always room for improvement, but the new Google Inbox is not it. It's a terrible UX -- not at all intuitive, too hard to manage in a small space, and doesn't get things done faster. Google has never been good with user interface designs; regular Gmail is clunky.
stevew928
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11/9/2014 | 11:34:51 AM
Re: More like a desktop client with a bit of 'to-do' functionality
Susan,

I'll have to actually see it and try it, but generally it's better to use dedicated apps than integrated ones (in my experience). That plus Google being netoriously bad at UI and workflows doesn't help my anticipation. I guess it's not bad to have an improvement for people who do use the browser, so long as it can be turned off like the multiple in-box thing they launched a while back.
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