I am switching from Outlook to Gmail: What are the biggest changes?

In our last article, we listed Step 1 of the move is to Get Excited. Now that that's over with, you're ready to start digging in a little deeper.

Step 2: Start familiarizing with Gmail

For those of you Outlook lovers, the biggest change in moving to Gmail is the lingo. For example, in Outlook you Flag messages, but in Gmail, you Star them.  Instead of organizing using Folders, Gmail uses Labels. Sorting in Outlook becomes Search in Gmail, which sometimes startles folks at first until they learn that searching is much speedier than sorting. Gone are the days of searching in Outlook across several folders and waiting 20 minutes only to get very few results. The same search in Gmail will be instantaneous!

For those of you who haven't used Gmail in the past, we really like this YouTube video intro to Gmail: 

Step 3: Moving from Outlook to Gmail

If you are concerned about losing functionality, don’t worry! Gmail has the same functionality as Outlook and much more. See the PDF linked here for an in depth comparison on composing new emails, formatting and signatures, attaching files, conversations, labels vs. folders, canned responses and much more.

We strongly urge you to take a look since it will probably answer most of your questions about Outlook vs. Gmail. We also encourage you to go to learn.googleapps.com for even more useful info on switching to G Suite.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Jones IT (support@itjones.com, 415.578.7111, support.itjones.com) and we will be more than happy to help you.


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