I just happily installed Windows 7 on my desktop and laptop. Included with that is Office 2010 Beta, which I want to use at least until October, when the trial expires.
I've decided to try and give all the stock MS programs a shot. I've become very irked by the fact that about six different companies offering two different suites with ten different programs in each suite, none of which compat well together, are what I get to sift through until I find my pick. I've currently been running Google Chrome and using GMail. Chrome is really nice, once I got used to the minimal interface. GMail, too, has long been a favorite of mine. However, I have Office and want to full utilize what I see as a great productivity suite, especially compared to Google's online suites, which seems to be still in the shaky ground of beta and new releases.
My issue is this: I've tried importing my GMail into Outlook, but there are a lot of discrepancies. Filters, for one, don't transfer from GMail into Outlook. I have like thirty messages in my inbox that should be in my school box. And I think trying to sync everything up would be a pain in the ass and need constant adjustment, especially since it's already been finnicky in the first day's use.
Is there some awesome way to get Outlook to recognize all my GMail settings? Or should I switch email clients (Which I'm fine to do. I just got a new phone, essentially a new laptop and desktop, and I'm moving, so why not go whole hog and change all my email stuff, too; I've used GMail for about two years and I'm comfortable with it--but that's not necessarily good, and I could always switch back to GMail if I hate Outlook).
Now I know this seems almost strange, switching BACK to IE and Office from Google...but I'd like to try it.
My goal is to have a consolidated, easily synchronized, inclusive, compatible series of programs for my daily communications. Maybe in a few years I'll be using Android or something, but for now I want to keep everything as in-house Microsoft as possible. Is IE really that terrible?
If I get an email for use with Outlook, what client do I use? Not hotmail, I won't regress that far. Is there an @outlook client or something?
Also, since I have Office, I'd prefer not to install redundant/bloat software, such as Windows Live. It offers nothing I don't already have / is designed as a free alternative to Office.