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Stop Using Outlook NOW

outlook-problemsIs it me? I hate Outlook. The interface is horrible. The application is under constant attack. Using it just plain scares me. I know that if I use Outlook that I am going to be way more vulnerable to a virus attack. So, about two years ago I stopped using Outlook. I have been using Gmail. I use it to handle both my business and my personal email. So, I have my personal Gmail account and I use the same account to check my business email. Gmail let’s you check unlimited POP accounts from the single Gmail account.

So, I have Gmail setup to check my POP account of my business email. All of my emails go into my Gmail account. And because I use Gmail, I don’t have to worry about storage limitations. Gmail include many gigabytes of free storage. Also, all of my emails are threaded so that I can follow the entire history of a conversation even if multiple parties are contributing to the email exchange. I archive and label everything that is important including attachments. And I have a second layer of Spam and virus protection because Gmail shoves all of my Spam into a Spam folder and Gmail scans all of my email for viruses.

The Gmail interface is very clean and easy-to-use and because it is on-line I can check my email from anywhere. So, I have no plans to ever use Outlook again and I would highly recommend that you dump it too. Get a Gmail account and use it to check your office email. It works great and it will make you smarter and more efficient.

Progressive Office is an Network Support and Computer Consutling firm in Washington, DC.

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