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Author Topic: The Outlook is disappointing  (Read 799 times)

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The Outlook is disappointing
« on: August 31, 2016, 07:21:29 AM »
For as long as possible I out- maneuvered the attempts by Hotmail to draw me into the Outlook interface.  But alas, I had to log in through a link.  There was no way around it.  Now every time I open my mail instead of the inbox just being there I have to watch this progress bar for some unknown interval.  Just like my google mail.  Arrrgghhhhh!!

The guy who named it a "progress bar" was being ironic I suspect.  :)

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2016, 08:02:26 AM »
progress bar?  What are you referring to? I've never seen such.

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2016, 08:09:34 AM »
progress bar?  What are you referring to? I've never seen such.

When I log in there is a splash screen with Outlook in huge letters, a progress bar, with text below that says "opening your mailbox."  Perhaps if you signed in months ago you are still with that interface?  Most likely that is it.  Because I have another account I use as a spam catcher and it got sucked into Outlook months ago.  It doesn't do what this other login does.


Here's a screen shot

outlook.pngThe Outlook is disappointing

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2016, 08:51:37 AM »
I can't figure it out.  If I use Opera 12.14 x64 then put hotmail.com and log in, it goes right to the inbox.  If I do the same thing in firefox or slimjet, I get the splash screen.  Really weird.

There is obviously no need for the screen except to make you wait.

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2016, 09:53:30 AM »
I don't get that.  Could it be because you have so much spam?  It does process the messages, and when I'd not been using my account for a while, it did that when I first logged in again.  Currently, however, mine goes to a login portal, then directly into my inbox in less than a couple of seconds.

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2016, 11:08:31 AM »
I don't get that.  Could it be because you have so much spam?  It does process the messages, and when I'd not been using my account for a while, it did that when I first logged in again.  Currently, however, mine goes to a login portal, then directly into my inbox in less than a couple of seconds.

Opera never goes to the splash screen.  SlimJet, Firefox and k-meleon do.  The amount of mail is not the issue.  If it gets real bad I'll have to bring up Opera but I would rather just use a tab in the browser that is already open.  No big deal.  But it seems like MS has programmers sitting around devising things to waste your time.  Maybe it is one of those marketing things like never having clocks on the wall in supermarkets or department stores.

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2016, 04:02:07 PM »
I guess what I'm saying is that if it does not happen on all platforms, I doubt it's intentional, but there's something behind it.  I just tried on Firefox, and no splash screen.

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2016, 04:19:46 PM »
I guess what I'm saying is that if it does not happen on all platforms, I doubt it's intentional, but there's something behind it.  I just tried on Firefox, and no splash screen.

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What happens is once you log in using the outlook page rather than hotmail, from then on you end up in the new interface no matter where you come from.  But it surprises me that Opera doesn't go there.  Maybe it relies on some feature or capability that did not exist when Opera 12 was coded.  I'm just guessing.  MS definitely wants you to go through the new portal.  Otherwise there would be an Opt Out mechanism in the mailbox display settings.  It probably has to do with hitting you with targeted advertising.


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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2016, 04:43:35 PM »
I guess what I'm saying is that if it does not happen on all platforms, I doubt it's intentional, but there's something behind it.  I just tried on Firefox, and no splash screen.

* wraith808 shrugs

What happens is once you log in using the outlook page rather than hotmail, from then on you end up in the new interface no matter where you come from.  But it surprises me that Opera doesn't go there.  Maybe it relies on some feature or capability that did not exist when Opera 12 was coded.  I'm just guessing.  MS definitely wants you to go through the new portal.  Otherwise there would be an Opt Out mechanism in the mailbox display settings.  It probably has to do with hitting you with targeted advertising.



I log in from the outlook page.  I don't get it.  I've never seen that page that you screenshot other than in your screenshot.  I even tried an account that I'd not accessed in a long time that had never used the new UI.  I ended up in the new UI, but never got that loading screen.  If it is targeted advertising, it's a pretty bad job of it.

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2016, 05:34:27 PM »
I guess what I'm saying is that if it does not happen on all platforms, I doubt it's intentional, but there's something behind it.  I just tried on Firefox, and no splash screen.

* wraith808 shrugs

What happens is once you log in using the outlook page rather than hotmail, from then on you end up in the new interface no matter where you come from.  But it surprises me that Opera doesn't go there.  Maybe it relies on some feature or capability that did not exist when Opera 12 was coded.  I'm just guessing.  MS definitely wants you to go through the new portal.  Otherwise there would be an Opt Out mechanism in the mailbox display settings.  It probably has to do with hitting you with targeted advertising.



I log in from the outlook page.  I don't get it.  I've never seen that page that you screenshot other than in your screenshot.  I even tried an account that I'd not accessed in a long time that had never used the new UI.  I ended up in the new UI, but never got that loading screen.  If it is targeted advertising, it's a pretty bad job of it.


Quite curious indeed.  :)  I have a hotkey that opens Opera to my outlook mail.  It turns out with Turbo Mode enabled, even if SlimJet is already open, it is faster to hit the hotkey and let Opera open on top and enter my inbox than to open another SlimJet tab to Outlook.  It snaps right open.  I am not really that fond of using Opera.  But since it seems to leap onto the screen I may have to use it more often for some things.  It certainly is fast.

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2016, 01:37:59 AM »
My webmail solution of choice, for quite a few years now, has been Fastmail. Their interface / design / ergonomics are lightweight, responsive, efficient and -- in my view -- Just Work. (They were owned by Opera for a while, largely I think because of their massive levels of expertise in making mail fast, simple and efficient, but are independent again now.)

So my various email addresses -- gmail, yahoo, outlook, so forth -- are all fetched from their providers into Fastmail (which also allows me to set aliases to the addresses I own so I don't have to interact with anything I don't enjoy interacting with!)

The downside: although there IS a free offering, you'll probably want one or other of their paid accounts.

The web end is good, they support several forms of 2FA if that's your thing (I have a yubico key but they have several other alternatives) there are mobile apps too... I don't evangelise them as much as I should but I've tried a lot of webmail solutions over the years and nothing else comes close.

And does it matter which browser you use? Apparently not. Fastmail lives up to its name, generally.
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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2016, 05:08:31 AM »
Here's a screen shot

Your URL says "outlook.live.com." Could that be the problem? I go in via a Chrome bookmark that has "mail.live.com" as the link and I don't get your problem. Perhaps try changing your link to "mail.live.com" and see what happens (though you might need to log out and clear some cookies--unless the problem is that somewhere within Outlook you have unwittingly opted for that interface? But then there should be an option in Outlook's settings to get out of that).

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2016, 05:15:50 AM »
P.S. Although I also see in your URL that you're using "owa" (Outlook Web App), which might be another reason you're defaulting to that view.

I also need to use OWA for my work email but I make sure to click "light version" when logging in, as I hate the full version (I found it painfully slow, a terrible drain on productivity).

So if you can't get away from OWA, I suggest you log out, clear your relevant cookies, and then tick the "light version" box.

But OWA is a completely different thing from the live.mail.com (post-Hotmail) interface, AFAIK.

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2016, 09:03:10 AM »
@dr_andus the url in the address bar is after redirection.  I never opted for the Outlook interface.  I kept it to hotmail.com as long as possible.  I had to go through a link to restore my password and that was what got me.  The link went through the outlook page.  I had no choice.

For some reason Opera 12.14 can go to hotmail.com and be redirected.  This is the url I end up with in Opera:  outlook.live.com/owa/#wa=wsignin1.0

Except is has the https prefix.  Anyway, Opera goes there and I am in my inbox.  No splash.  No delay.

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2016, 09:22:24 AM »
Hmm, perhaps it is a case that the older browser has become "Lite" by today's standards?  I remember sticking with Netscape 6.x because 7.x was so "bloated."  Then years later I tried Netscape 7 I had hanging around and it totally snapped onto the desktop on launch.

I set Opera to open with the Speed Dial.  When I run my hotkey to open Opera in hotmail it snaps open and both the SpeedDial and Inbox are loaded in tabs.  These other browsers, with all the delays and lags, still do not load the tab until you activate it.  What's up with that?

Maybe you guys who don't leave the browsers open all the time would want to give Opera x64 12.14 a shot?  Turn on Turbo Mode and watch your head spin!  :)


Heh!  Get this!  The setup exe for the 64 bit version is only 10 MB!   :)
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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2016, 10:17:33 AM »
I tried in my experiment to go to hotmail.com and open the account that I'd not been in for a while from there.  Redirects, sure.  But a loading screen?  No.

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2016, 11:24:21 AM »
I was curious so I did a search and it turns out that MS still hasn't migrated all accounts to the new interface, so one can have different experiences (and URLs) with different Hotmail/Outlook/Microsoft accounts:

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Yes, the migration is still on, but with some 400 million accounts to move, it will continue well into 2017. (...)

How do you know if the account was moved to the new server? Log into the account at outlook.com and look at the banner above the Inbox. If it says "Outlook Mail", it's on the new server. Accounts still on the old server say "Outlook.com".

I've still got an "Outlook.com" banner, so that's why I'm still on the old "mail.live.com" domain. Though I'm not sure if this is impacting your situation, Miles. But it might explain the differences between your two accounts.

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2016, 11:46:58 AM »
Interesting!  Both of my accounts say Outlook.com.  Even more interesting, as I'm paying for O365 on my new account.

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2016, 02:22:01 PM »
I updated Opera x64 to v. 12.18.  So far the main drawback I have found to using it is non acceptance of some sites when going to https yadda yadda such as when logging in.  On the humorous side Opera keeps popping up a notification that I really do not need to have Turbo Mode enabled since I am on a fast network and TM only helps with slow networks such as dial-up.  The WiFi here has download bandwidth anywhere from 12 to 35 Mbs and I still notice the difference with TM on.  So I am leaving it on.  heh heh heh

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Re: The Outlook is disappointing
« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2016, 02:29:07 PM »
I was curious so I did a search and it turns out that MS still hasn't migrated all accounts to the new interface, so one can have different experiences (and URLs) with different Hotmail/Outlook/Microsoft accounts:

That may be the reason why Opera goes straight to the inbox.  I have never logged in to either of my hotmail accounts from the Outlook page using Opera.  It seems like once they suck you in they won't let you off.  Like the cat has hold of the mouse.  Game over.  :)