Gmail vs Hotmail: Why Hotmail is better than Gmail

With Google Plus-ifying its search results and updating its Privacy Policy and Terms, many users are planning to make a move away from using many of its services. We have already seen some Google Search Alternatives. For Gmail too, there is an alternative Hotmail! Hotmail with its continuous improvements over the last year is arguably one of the best free email service providers. Many of the Hotmail features are much nicer now. Let us see some such features which is making people move away from Gmail and switch over to Hotmail.

Hotmail vs Gmail comparison

1. One of the best reason is that in Hotmail, you can attach and share hundreds of photos (or other files) without cluttering the Inbox. This is possible because of its online storage integration with SkyDrive. You can share up to 200, 50 MB files (10 GB) in a single email using SkyDrive. Can you do this in Gmail?

2. Hotmail, using the Office Web apps, lets you view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents – without leaving your inbox – for free.

3. Hotmail has raised the level of controlling Spam with its SmartScreen filtering technology.  Apart from reducing the actual Spam levels drastically, it now provides the users complete control over Graymail. Newsletters, social updates and such mails (called Graymail), which though are not Spam, but clutter our Inbox can be completely swept to keep your Inbox clean.  It can also automatically file away or delete messages you receive by scheduling,  with its features of Sweep and Scheduled Clean up. It also allows you to create your own categories. Thus the user has complete control. There’s is no such Sweep feature in Gmail.

4. Hotmail provides a great mobile experience on all major smartphones globally including Windows Phone, iOS and Android by providing a  two-way sync not only with email, but also complete calendar and contact sync. The Hotmail App has been provided on various mobile platforms, like Android, and very recently on Kindle Fire too. The Hotmail App provides a better experience than the Gmail App available on iOS.

5. Hotmail provides chatting capabilities with Facebook’s members also – apart from its own chat in the Inbox. Thus you can update your Facebook status, chat, view updates of your Facebook friends right from your Hotmail inbox. This is not possible in Gmail.

6. Many award-winning Security features makes Hotmail leader in email protection. Features like “Single Use Code”, where a one-time password is sent to your cell phone, so that you don’t have to reveal your true password on public machines. “My Friend’s Been Hacked” feature lets you report that your friend as being “hacked”, when you notice dubious mails from your friend account, which Hotmail will then investigate. Many such awesome features and improvements have been added to Hotmail.

Today the Hotmail team has also suggested different ways to switch from Gmail to Hotmail.

1. If you already don’t have a Hotmail account, you can create a new Hotmail or Live account.

Import your old messages from Gmail. You’ll probably want to keep your old email and contacts so we’ve made it simple to bring them in. TrueSwitch is an easy tool which will import your email and contacts and forward any new email to Hotmail for 90 days. Go to the TrueSwitch site and follow the steps there. When you sign back in to Hotmail, you’ll notice that it’s beginning to import your emails (this could take a few hours if you have a lot of emails to bring over).

Please note that TrueSwitch doesn’t support non-Hotmail domain. That is if you create a live account using  your Gmail address, TrueSwitch fails to recognize it as a valid Hotmail account to transfer the data. And the Hotmail Team is already working on it. This post will tell you the email accounts which Trueswitch allows you to migrate to and from.

2. You can connect your Gmail account to get all your future messages from Gmail into Hotmail automatically. To do this click on Options > More options. Click on Sending/receiving email from other accounts.

Click Add an email account to get this window.

Provide your Gmail account details and follow the on-screen instructions. That’s it! Now you can get all your Gmail messages right into Hotmail.

Watch this video on account aggregation.

3. For those who have moved from Gmail to Hotmail, need not miss their Gmail shortcuts. Hotmail has an option to provide Gmail shortcuts in Hotmail. Just go to Options > More Options, and under Customizing Hotmail > Keyboard shortcuts.

Select Gmail and Save. Now you can use your favorite Gmail shortcuts in Hotmail too. You can get the complete list of Keyboard Shortcuts here.

You might also want to check out this Hotmail vs Gmail comparison Chart.

Some users were not happy with the Hotmail Calendar, Contacts and the advertisements in Hotmail. Be assured that the Hotmail team is looking into it and don’t be surprised if you soon see improvements here too. The Hotmail team has been seeking suggestions from its users and on the basis of user’s feedback, they have added so many features and improved upon existing ones in the last year.

Still feel skeptical about switching from Gmail to Hotmail?

Go here and ask some real hard questions! You might also want to visit the Take another look at Hotmail website.

With so many great features in the new Hotmail, I’m sure you’ll like it.

If you have any feedback – good or bad – about Hotmail or Gmail, please feel free to post them in the comments.

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The author has been a Microsoft MVP awardee in various Windows categories (2006-2016) and currently a Windows Insider MVP. A Technology Enthusiast, interested in anything technical and is committed to Microsoft technologies and products. He is actively associated with various Microsoft online communities, forums, Newsgroups and has been actively involved in Beta testing various Microsoft products and bug submissions.


  1. Luis Matoso

    i have change to hotmail one year ago and i have no doubts about hotmail provides a much better service

  2. hackerman1

    Hotmail doesn´t support IMAP4….

  3. bethel95

    I can certainly understand why you might prefer some of those aspects of Hotmail. My reaction to the reasons you listed, though, was mostly “meh,” with the occasional “I don’t have a problem with that in Gmail” or “why would I want to do that?”

    Whatever floats your boat, I guess…

  4. Satyajit Sahoo

    I use android, and like to be always synced with Google, be it Gmail or contacts. Can I sync my contacts to Hotmail?

    Btw, why bother? I don’t have any problems with Gmail, and why take a learning curve and unnecessary effort to migrate. It is good for new users btw.

  5. Marc

    Hotmail is just so 90’s. It was fun back then but….

  6. redk9258

    Why can’t they secure our Hotmail accounts to keep hackers out? My account has been hijacked to send spam twice in the last couple of years. There should be a limit as to how many emails can be sent when the IP address is a new one or have a second password or PIN number when an email is sent to more than one contact.

  7. pato

    Get rid of the advertisements or make them non-intrusive like Gmail does, and I will switch.

  8. Anonymous

    This is a totally sponsored comparision. How much did pay you Hotmail to lie? Out-of-the-box Hotmail receives all your legitimate emails in the Junk box and they will be deleted before you could read them. All Spam will be safely keeped in your inbox.

  9. Sourav Dey

    Hotmail is just awesome. Its sign in process is faster than Gmail and the rest.

  10. I’ve used GMail for a long time. I still have a Hotmail address, I just don’t know what it is. I got it when it was still HoTMaiL, and not owned by Microsoft. But, Hotmail got a bad rap and it may be a great web email client, but it still got the taboo against it.

  11. Corey Malone

    i don’t like hotmail’s spam filter, it always sends stuff from my school to there even though the school pays for it. Again another one sided article, not saying one good thing about gmail. this sounds more like propaganda.

  12. Corey Malone

    this whole article is an advertisement.

  13. Jim Britt

    G-Mail is the best and always will be.

  14. David L.

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned how incredibly slow Hotmail is. It is useless to argue which has more “features” if one, namely hotmail, is constantly bug-ridden and slow. I’m doing a lot of soul-searching trying to justify staying with Hotmail. I use gmail at work and have a gmail alternate personal account. I’ve been with Hotmail since about 1998 and feel some sense of loyalty, but the quality of service has gotten so bad that i’m just about ready to migrate to gmail completely. I have spent all day trying to access my non-inbox folders and the browser just sits there. This is a new problme that i haven’t encountered before, but it is on top of the ever-present speed issue. Using gmail in parallel, the difference is drastic. I can sign in, go to a folder, open a message, and start typing a reply in gmail long before i can can even get to the point of seeing the contents of a folder in hotmail. It is infuriating. By the way, I am using Windows 7 SP1, and have tried both in google chrome AND IE9.

  15. Xeniorset

    You know you can use Skydrive and Web Apps without changing your email to Hotmail. All you need is a Live account which can be your Gmail account!

  16. view2share

    Hotmail / Live mail should allow more frequent checking for new mail than 15 minutes apart. All in all, Hotmail / Live mail is OK. Gmail catches more spam, however and allows polling for new mail frequently.

  17. Michael Woods

    @Anonymous – you’re a berk. This site is “The Windows Club.” The author is a Microsoft MVP. You haven’t uncovered some dark secret by guessing that he’s getting paid to write positively about the benefits of Hotmail. It’s a useful article because he has an expert’s overview. And for anyone having problems, there’s a discussion board. If you prefer Gmail – fine. The author has given some (compelling) reasons to try Hotmail too. One biggie is that an awful lot of people use MS Office at work. And now you can use it online, for free. Like Gdocs, only not rubbish. What’s to hate?

  18. fjpoblam

    I tried to “chat” with a Microsoft employee regarding the Enterprise Hotmail solution. I was using an iPad. The poor quality of the GUI for the chat on an iPad (evidence of lack of Microsoft testing thereon) made me fearful that this would *not* be an appropriate path for me to follow.

  19. geek15

    As far as accounts getting used by unauthorized parties the reason behind this may have to do with the fact that users don’t enable HTTPS all the time with Hotmail.

  20. UnKnown

    i use both and both are good so there is a big X on Hotmail vs. Gmail they are both friends that i like to use so stop wasting time go check your mails,chat with your friends,send messages and more they are both the same
    PS.use both!

  21. somesome11

    And that matters why?

  22. somesome11

    Fanboys will always pop up, which is always ridiculous because no matter what, they’re just companies looking to maximize profit margins, they don’t care about you, your opinion (unless its enough to stop you using their product).

    I don’t like gmail. I felt like saying that since Google always has these rabid followers that berate anyone who thinks different from them (although an article with “this is better than that” is bound to get such arguments). I love Google, I think they’ve done some amazing things, and since they’re ad funded in most aspects its been free to the consumers. That being said, they have horrible UI, half their programs look like the web from the 90s. Many aren’t all that user intuitive either. Hotmail is very akin to Outlook, so anyone who’s ever worked in an office, ever work in an office, etc, is bound to have some familiarity with it. Google doesn’t have folders, they have some wacky tagging feature or whatever; I can see how others might like it, but for me, just not that organized or easy to use. I’d much rather create a folder, then create a rule to “send to ___ folder” automatically. The sweep feature is great. And those praising gmail for its lack of spam are so full of it, I’ve created countless accounts, many are riddled with spam within a few hours (often in Chinese as well). Hotmail gets spam too. It happens. I’ve found hotmail slightly better than gmail in the 5 or so accounts I have from each, but again, user results may vary.

    Hotmail is a great client. Google is pretty decent as well. It depends on the person though. Oh, and I’ve never had any of my accounts hacked (and also have plenty of friends and family all use hotmail). I’d say either is good, and personally I don’t trust yahoo mail, too many security leaks and IMO, having seen yahoo for years (who I will admit really had the first big push for GUI improvements in email), they’re just not a trust worthy company (of course I should bite my tongue, google and microsoft not exactly having stellar track records themselves)…

  23. I Love Gmail

    Gmail Rocks 🙂

  24. P

    Hotmail are useless they get hacked far too often and they are just completely useless in helping you to get it back and they want you to pay loads of money for the service, I’ve been with gmail a good few months and it’s just so much easier and far far better. Hotmail just pissed me off so much I hate them with a passion and the same thing happened with my sister.

  25. Michael Davis

    this is such crap. I got locked out of my hotmail account in 2004 and to this day I cannot recover it. Both Gmail and Yahoo have been recovered easily after being inactive and losing my password. Hotmail can never be recovered once your password is lost. USELESS!!

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