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What if Microsoft designed Gmail

I came across something light-hearted today and thought I'd share it with you folks. Simply put: Google Blogoscoped seems to think they have Microsoft all figured out.

I came across something light-hearted today and thought I'd share it with you folks. Simply put: Google Blogoscoped seems to think they have Microsoft all figured out.

Excerpt from Google Blogoscoped:

Another security measurement we’ll add is that you won’t be able to log-in with just username anymore but are required to enter the full username@gmail.com. Furthermore, we will change the browser URL from http://gmail.microsoft.com to the more professional looking http://by114w.bay114.gmail.live.com/mail/mail.aspx?rru=home.

Do check out: What would Gmail look like if Microsoft designed it.

In the meantime, hope you had a wonderful time over Thanksgiving. Have a great week ahead!

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

16 comments
seanferd
seanferd

A very small joke. And, actually, god bless zdnet for trying. Really didn't think this merited its own Discussion at all, so i post it here. >> Read the article: Woman seeking baby info breaks child qr0n ring In an effort to crack down on the growing number of spammers who are seeking to advertise their wares on ZDNet, we have implemented a new filtering system that should enable members of our community to communicate with one another, without being subjected to ads for qr0n, Biafra, and the like. Your post contained one or more words that indicates that it could be spam, and thus, has been blocked from appearing on the site. If you feel your post was incorrectly blocked, please try altering the wording in your submission. If you haven't received this message in error, please find another medium for your marketing efforts.

TechExec2
TechExec2

I love the little dog in the corner of the screen! Thanks for the laugh!

TechExec2
TechExec2

. If Microsoft designed GMail: 1. Verison 1 of MS GMail would not have been in beta for so long. It would have been released as GA about a month after the beta started with the slogan "You've REALLY Got Mail(tm)". But, it would not be an unqualified disaster. Every other time you send an e-mail, the required ActiveX control would give your computer a blue screen of death. 2. In Version 2 of MS GMail, hackers would exploit a weakness in the required ActiveX control and turn all 800 million Windows computers into zombies and run a denial-of-service attack on the entire Internet on Bill Gates' birthday. 3. In Version 3 of MS GMail, released 14 months after version 2, Microsoft would deliver only a fix for the ActiveX exploit in Version 2. 4. Version 4 of MS GMail would not be compatible with Version 3 mailboxes even though they are hosted on Microsoft servers. And, it would require an upgraded version of Windows and a dual-core processor to run. 5. Version 5 of MS GMail would require the .NET Framework version 4.0, a 600 MB download. Code name: "Jabba the Hut". Every time you run it, it takes 2 full minutes to startup. 6. Version 6 of GMail would automatically and unpredictably de-activate on legitimate customers claiming the account had been hacked when it really had not been.

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

Your account of the possibilities has an eerie sense of realism about it! Which year did you come back from? And did I ever finish my Windows Update?!!!

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

I think you are onto something here...

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Ya, that would be M$ GMail. And talk about slow... As I write this, I am updating my laptop (Tuesday, you know...). I started Windows Update, updated Spybot & SpywareBlaster, Firefox and OpenOffice, and I'm still waiting for Windows Update... Ain't that typical! Edit: Type, post, proofread

seanferd
seanferd

The "What if" tech humor floating around these days is getting to be fairly amusing. I had also enjoyed What if Google had to follow its own Google-friendly guidelines? http://ct.techrepublic.com.com/clicks?t=40798017-88ca23ab9796c34802bedd86b6fcd243-bf&s=5&fs=0 Most shocking in the case of this little joke is the idea of MS [i] creating [/i] anything. They would have bought it, licensed it, or hired away critical persons involved in the design of the technology. Like Hotmail. (It can be argued that they improved the Hotmail service, though.) Have fun ;)

aroonp
aroonp

If Microsoft wants to be in market doing competition against Google, then MS can do it. But as far as current scenario, Microsoft needs to come with different & effective technology to compete against Google...

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

They can't even compete with themselves...XP is out selling the turd that is Vista.

aroonp
aroonp

Very much agree...If you see current market scenario, every big company(big fish) is trying to capture small companies small fishes which ultimately results in company's brand, image, price & etc...Now in case of Gmail to compete, MS have to come up with new innovative ideas.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

that MS falls over itself constantly as a company, then buys the competitors product and repackages it as an MS idea. If they cannot buy iy, then they copy it (steal it) and if the competitor compklains, they keep em in court until bankrupt.

aroonp
aroonp

I think they can compete...For Ex: If we consider MS outlook as product, this is very much famous in market....At the same time, if they bring services (similar like G-mail) as a part of Operating Sys itself, may be that will work....

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