By Don Sambandaraksa | Aug 21, 2012
But since signing up, I’ve barely used it.
While it may be a kick-ass desktop browser based email client, the user experience on my phone is short of abysmal.
The Android client is the same old Hotmail client and is, messy and cluttered compared to the latest Gmail clients. Accessing it through a mobile browser (Chrome on Android ICS) resulted in the site not even loading and spewing out an error.
In this day and age of HTML5 with everyone offering slick mobile-optimized websites, this is inexcusable.
Or perhaps intentional.
Redmond would obviously prefer you access it via its mobile device of choice, a Windows Phone.
Therein lies the problem at Microsoft, this lack of tolerance for diversity and adherence to open standards and how everything had to be linked back to something that Microsoft sold.
Remember Microsoft passport? The single-sign in system that it tried to push to the world? That’s a faded memory now with Twitter and Facebook (and a bit of generic OAuth) filling that void. Passport was perfectly capable and was there first and would have saved people from having to remember usernames and passwords for a hundred and one sites, but it failed to catch on as it was tied in too tightly to encourage sales of Windows Server.
Or how about encrypted email on Windows Mobile? Again, tied in to Windows Server and far too difficult to actually get up and running even for a hardcore geek.