Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Jul 2013 22:15 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "A war between two of the major conglomerates will always have casualties, and unfortunately for us, this time we are the casualties. We aren't yet at a state where it is impossible to use Google services on Microsoft platforms, but we are moving towards a stricter ecosystem world where we might see Googlers/Gmail users on one side and Bingers/Outlook users on the other. We can only hope for the sake of technologies future and for the sake of innovation that the two companies can learn to work together in an ever expanding world of data." We can hope so, but we're talking large companies, and large companies do not care about users. Never have, never will.
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I just use GMail as an aggregator from my email accounts to read email outside home.

At home I use the trusty desktop IMAP client and take care of doing proper backups.

If tomorrow Google decides to go wild on my stuff, I can easily disconnect from GMail. The only downside being the access to Play Store on my Android devices.

I already gave up on Picasa and went back to host my pictures on my own web site, when they started nagging private albums had to be made public because of Google+.

The main problem is with the population at large that aren't tech savy.

All companies are in the game for profit, it took some time, but I learned my lesson that there aren't good or bad guys in this game.

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