Perhaps, but if you're not an Outlook "power user" this topic may not resonate as much with you. Outlook has a way of working itself into day to day processes that you come to depend on like managing your bosses calendar and/or inbox, scheduling meetings and appointment reminders across multiple users calendars and even managing to physical locations like meeting rooms. Not all of these feature functions marry up to Gmail the same, so switching cold turkey can be a difficult choice for some.
Are you still bound by the old ball and chain that is Microsoft Outlook? I have a love-hate relationship with it. As an email marketer the word “Outlook” makes me cringe because of the challenges it presents to HTML email rendering, yet I’ve been steeped in using it for business communication my entire professional career. When you become accustomed to something it’s hard to give up, which is why I wasn’t surprised to find out that I’m not alone! I should point out that we switched our mail servers over to Google Apps for business months ago, but I’ve been using Google Apps Sync for Outlook. Despite the strong encouragement of much smarter people, I most certainly do NOT want to give up Outlook. But with support and encouragement from fellow Data Dogger and Outlook junkie Zina Harrington – we’re going to give it a go!
Taking baby steps, all of next week Zina and I are ditching our beloved Outlook for our business correspondence to exclusively use the Gmail interface. There is a good video with some tips that will help ease the transition over on the TechRepublic blog like turning off conversation view and using labels and filters. Are you still reading email from Google in Outlook? Will you join Zina and I during our #OutlookInterventionWeek?
Join us by tweeting about it using the hashtag above, or let us know what grinds your gears about the Outlook/Gmail transition in the comments section below!