Outlook.com gets a big update

by Volker Weber

Does IBM senior management know what they are up against with "IBM Verse Basic"? Do they even care?


The target they aimed at moved five years ago and is no long there.

Tom Duff., 2015-05-22

This is a really good ad, but I'm wondering what specific features you find compelling? Would love to read your thoughts on how those would affect users.

Nathan T. Freeman, 2015-05-22

Mr. Duff.... "The target has been obliterated!"

Craig Wiseman, 2015-05-22

It was like a million IBM users cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.

I've been a test user for this solution, and at the same time I've been testing out Outlook 2016 both on my Windows and Mac, in the past month.

Everything just works so delicately with Skype for business, and the user friendliness and UI is really, really good. And with the plugin for IBM Connections in the Outlook client, which is much, much better than the Connection plugin for Notes I think IBM is already lagging behind, no matter how much they back in January felt they were ahead.

Hogne B. Pettersen, 2015-05-22

@ntf a good user experience is a key feature

Bruce , 2015-05-22

to answer your question sir.

"Does IBM senior management know what they are up against with "IBM Verse Basic"?"

"Do they even care?"

Paul Mooney, 2015-05-22

Nathan, I like almost everything about it. The fact that you don't need to figure out what tiny icons do. How it adjust the UI to what you are currently doing. How you can sweep your inbox. How you can select messages without going through pages and pages and pages. How it onboards people from other providers. How it lets you use your old email address, even on mobile. The list would go on and on and on and on. I only have two complaints: it does not sync with the Mac address book and the Mac calendar.

Verse Basic does not do any of that.

Volker Weber, 2015-05-22

It looked like marketing and that it is and will be.

But it was astonishing that they started with such a thing as changing the colour.
The whole thing works much more better in that kind of entertainment.

I've checked it several times and try to learn, but it is much too fast to understand.

The total difference is Volker's approach when he started to explain MS LENSE & OneNote Integration with an extraordinary good example like the sketch and preparation of a powerpoint presentation which normaly takes much time until you have something to present.

The nice thing of his presentation is that he does not clean up his videos at the end. He shows the tiny mistakes and problems that might have occured so his example shows an all day situation. If he did not clean up then his videos are near real life which you can rely on and trust him. @the end:

I learned much more from his videos and started my own tests with android MS Office Lense beta than I learned from that MS Video even after several playbacks because it needs to much attention to follow.

But that microsoft way which work much better then the ibm ads ...

Wolfgang Fischer, 2015-05-22

I have seen senior managment stalling projects because a login screen was branded the wrong color. And no, this is not an instruction video.

Volker Weber, 2015-05-22

That's a great list, Volker, but I'm slightly confused. Was the on boarding from other providers in the video? I tried to judge based on what was in the ad, but I feel like you're speaking from a deeper understanding.

Nathan T. Freeman, 2015-05-23


Give Outlook.com a try. You will then understand where @vowe is coming from.

Oh and you will even get your new shiny account almost instantaneously. Once you sing up go into Settings > Options and see what you can do.


Bruce Elgort, 2015-05-23

Nathan, I try to look past the propaganda.

Volker Weber, 2015-05-23

Ah, so it's available today and there are features not presented in the ad! I'll have a look.

By the way, I'm not sure where the comparison to Verse is coming from in response to me. Did I accidentally offer some advocacy of Verse and not realize it?

Nathan T. Freeman, 2015-05-23

Nathan, don't worry about that. Just try Outllok.com. It's really good.

Volker Weber, 2015-05-23

Nathan, what did you find?

Volker Weber, 2015-05-26

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