So what if Gmail goes down and you can’t access your email for hours or days? If you are like many, you will flip out especially if Gmail is your only email service. Although there is a limited choice of free and premium email services that are reliable, not one is 100% reliable. Being loyal to one email service can have disastrous consequences if that website goes down or is closed.
Gmail is not immune to web server outages, like the one that happened on 24 January 2014.Gmail was briefly down for about an hour, and many people panicked. At this time of writing, Gmail has about 420 million users all over the world and these people depend on Google for sending and receiving communications. In fact, a lot of businesses use Gmail for carrying out communications with clients and prospects. When Gmail goes down, it’s not only the email service that goes down but your whole Google account will not be accessible as well e.g. Google Docs, Drive, Chat, Google Apps and Google Plus. If you are sharing projects on Google Docs, it means productivity will come to a halt and everyone will go home.
To avoid being stuck on one email service and getting interrupted, you must sign up with another email service. There is very little probability of both services going down at the same time. After you sign up with another email service, you must forward Gmail to the new email address. Outlook (formerly known as Hotmail) is the best alternative and competitor to Gmail. Outlook Email is much simpler, cleaner, smarter and it is packed with awesome features.
How to Import Gmail Messages to Outlook Inbox
Outlook.com allows you to import your Gmail messages and contacts with one click of a button.
To begin importing Gmail into Outlook, first sign into your Outlook account and copy paste the URL below on your browser:
After opening the link above, you should see the import screen below:
Click the [Start] button to begin the Import process. It will prompt you to sign into your Gmail account to grant access, after which you will be redirected back to Outlook to proceed with the import. Outlook will import your Gmail email messages in their original folders, meaning that your folder names will not be changed.
Some of the major Gmail folders that can be imported to Outlook.com are: Inbox, Starred, Sent Mail, Drafts, All Mail, Spam, Trash and Contacts.
Another important feature provided by Outlook is the ability to send email from your account using a Gmail address.
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