Windows Live Mail: first impressions

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.

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2 Responses to “Windows Live Mail: first impressions”


  1. 1 derino January 31, 2006 at 12:02 pm

    Totally agreed. For these guys really a picture (an ad) is worth a thousand words (dolars).

  2. 2 James February 1, 2006 at 3:47 pm

    lol. Not exactly what I meant, but close enough. 😀


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