Why you should have a Google/Gmail and Microsoft account

Filed under: Computing Tips - Jun 29 2014

If you don’t already have a Google/Gmail and a Microsoft/Outlook.com account, there are several reasons that you may need one besides just for a secondary email address.

A Google/Gmail.com email is used for:

  • A primary or secondary email address due to Gmail’s superior junk/spam filtering and syncing of contacts and calendars with a mobile device
  • Using Google’s Picasa picture management program and free online photos backup on Picasa Web Albums or Google+ Photos
  • Using Google Drive online backup and synchronization folder (similar to Dropbox), and the accompanying Google Docs, a free online document creation and management suite
  • Required on an Android smartphone or tablet for backing up the device’s settings, purchasing apps and using location services

A Microsoft/Outlook.com account is used for:

  • A primary or secondary email address due to the Hotmail.com/Live.com/Outlook.com superior superior syncing ability of mail, contacts and calendar between your computer and mobile devices
  • Using Microsoft Office 2013 or Microsoft Office 365 subscription for syncing or managing your subscription
  • Using the multiple computer settings synchronization offered in Windows 8
  • Required on a Windows Phone smartphone or tablet for backing up the device’s settings, purchasing apps and using location services
  • Using Microsoft OneDrive online backup and synchronization folder (similar to Dropbox)
  • Using Office Online, an internet-based document creation and management suite
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