Microsoft is going to replace – again – the basic Windows email application. After Outlook Express and Windows mail, that despite some huge vulnerabilities were quite usable, the simple but adequate for a touch UI interface Mail in Windows 8, and the very limited and ugly Mail in Windows 10, it’s time of Outlook for Windows now.
This looks like a porting of the web interface of Outlook.com into a desktop application. This idiotic arrangement looks to come with poisoned features. If you use mail accounts not hosted already on some Microsoft server, to use them they need to be “synchronized” with the Microsoft Cloud.
My take is this desktop web application has not an implementation of mail protocols, nor has a full-featured local storage for mail data, relying for such function on its server side implementation. That looks to mean:
- Your mail credentials are sent and stored on Microsoft servers
- Your mailbox contents are read and stored on Microsoft servers
All your mail are belong to us, it looks Nadella thinks.
Now, if I have not my emails stored in a Microsoft server, and pay for having them in a different server, it is exactly because I don’t want them stored in a Microsoft server (or a Google one, if you ask).
So now the Mail application has wholly gone from my Windows systems. If Outlook for Windows replaces Outlook itself also – it looks Microsoft has this silly plan in mind too-, my
Office Microsoft 365 subscription will be gone as well.
Let’s see how many users will drink the Kool-Aid.