Windows Live Mail is the new, “cool”, Ajax buzzword enabled interface that will soon be replacing the current 1999 era Hotmail. I got a beta invite, so I decided to try it out. Ahem.
To put it nicely, Gmail continues to roxxor hotmail’s sockzors.
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, have a few thousand words.
Seriously. Look at that. What were they thinking?!
I did some rough estimates based on that screen shot, and this is what I came up with.
total pixels: 618246
wasted pixels: 374248
pixels in message area: 173853
Lets do some rough calculations…
374248 divided by 618246 equals about 0.6053… or about 61% of the screen. 61% of the screen is unneeded whitespace, a huge logo and a huge banner ad.
173853 divided by 618246 equals about 0.2812. Roughly 28% of the screen. Think about this for a moment. Only 28% of the visible website is displaying the content you actually want to see.
I don’t know about you folks, but I’m sticking with Gmail. At least there, I know that the people behind it actually care weather or not their client is usable.