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Outlook.com –> Google –> Inbox

24 Oct

However Google wants to package it, to any Outlook.com user it should be fairly obvious Google’s Inbox is an answer to Microsoft’s oft lauded, newly rebuilt webmail. Both share some very good quality, namely some level of automation, control over said automation, and a far cleaner interface than what they respectively replaces.

But I could not help but notice something in Google’s behavior concerning Inbox. Google could be called “The Internet Company”, so I find it pretty weird that they rolled out Inbox in an invitation only method. While Google has more than once used invitation in past, I would have imagined they have moved past it, specially that invitation is often associated with limited backend capability, such for Ello, or in case of hardware, OnePlus One. Add to the fact that, when Microsoft launched Outlook.com, all  I had to do was go to Outlook.com.

Second thing I find weird is that even when I got my invitation, I had to activate by logging into Inbox app, specially when the app is not available on Windows Phone. Hmm. Google might try its hardest, but Windows Phone or soon just Windows, is here to stay. So making it hard for Windows Phone users such as myself is pretty pathetic.

Last but not least, Inbox’s web interface is only available on Chrome. Come on! That’s just sad. The open standard loving Google is nowhere to be found nowadays.

I like Inbox, I really do. I am unlikely to switch as it does not seem to offer anything Outlook.com does not, but Gmail users should be happy. I just wish Google would stop taking potshots like I mentioned.


Chrome Sucks

21 Apr

Or probably WebKit.

I have always felt weird while using the beloved Chrome browser, but could never put a finger on it why. The closest I got was there is something in it’s mouse behavior that’s off. And today I discovered it is indeed a mouse behavior, and I have pinned what it is.

As you’d guess, I am a mouse user. I scoff at people who boasts Apple machine’s “superior” trackpads. For all subjective and objective reasons I can muster, mouse >>> trackpad. So, if mouse doesn’t feel right, nothing feels right.

On to the point. You know how every mouse (that’s made in this millennium) has a scroll wheel, and how scrolling that wheel takes you a bit up or down in a webpage, when I scroll one “notch”, all browser goes from point A to point B, as they should. My issue with Chrome is with how it handles this particular action. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox goes from point A to B in a smooth manner, you can almost follow the movement. But, Chrome and Opera, both now WebKit based, goes from point A to B in an instant. This creates a very jarring effects. More so if you do a lot of reading like I do. I could not test Safari for the reason of it no longer being available for Windows.

I have always maintained that how a browser feels to use is way more important than how “fast” it is. And this is just one of those. The ironic part is, this makes Internet Explorer my secondary browser over Chrome.

Browser And Car

27 May

The more the world seem to leaning towards cloud computing the more browsers are becoming important to day to day computing. And for that matter some real big names are wrestling for the crown here. But what makes people make the final choice?

Lets emulate a situation – you are out of milk. You need to go to a store across the road to replenish your stock. What do you do? Get your car out or just walk the distance? My guess would be “walk the distance”. But when you go to work you no longer just walk the distance. This time you get your car out. Though there might be some special situation where on foot or car neither is a very suitable choice. You probably need some rugged terrain vehicle. But whatever the destination is you don’t ever think of a tank! May be some time a real fancy car, but if your own car is decent enough looking you are content.

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