iCloud Mail vs Outlook Mail

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  1. AGX macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2014

    I need a suggestion.

    Actually I need to create a new iCloud account and I'm evaluating if:

    - create an email address to Outlook.com and use the new address with iCloud


    - create an email address that will become my default address for iCloud and for all my Email

    What do you suggest? I have only some question if is a good choice, because if I will register to iCloud with @icloud.com I will be closed in the Apple World...

    Your experience?
  2. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Whether you use an @icloud or an @outlook address as the Apple ID for your iCloud account doesn't really have any bearing on which service to use as your main email account. If you use the @outlook address as your Apple ID, you can still create an @icloud address in your iCloud account. If you use an @icloud address, you can easily configure it to forward all your mail to an Outlook account. You can also mix and match services as you like, e.g. using Outlook for email and iCloud for the other services like contacts and calendars. Which one works better is a matter of taste and of what devices and software you want to use.

    My suggestion would be to create both an iCloud account (using an @icloud address as Apple ID) and an Outlook account and play with them for a while to see which one you like better.
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    My experience is that I decided a long time ago to buy a domain name and have email for it hosted somewhere. That way, no one could ever force me to use their services and changing services didn't have to mean changing my email address.
  4. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I have both and like them both. I use my @outlook for my Apple ID and seem to work nicely. On thing I really do like about this set up is the email I get when I log into iCloud.com from a web browser. Since my Apple ID is my @outlook email, that warning email goes to my @outlook email.

    I use iCloud for friends and family, and my @outlook for my Apple ID, bank, forums, junk, and anything important. This way everything is seperated and works nicely.

    I have a few aliases for @outlook
    Main@outlook.com (Apple ID, bank, anything important)
    Aliases1@outlook.com (forums and other on-line log ins)
    Aliases2@outlook (junk and set up where if I delete this email addess, I won't care).
    I have a few more aliases for other things too.
  5. Natzoo macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Not sure where i am

    I would go with both. I have an iCloud account and an outlook account. If you want the easy way take the outlook it is more flexible and is much easier to navigate.
  6. Xeridionix macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2015
    I prefer iCloud Mail over Outlook as it seems to be cleaner and generally easy-to-use. One limitation that I found annoying with Outlook in the past was that it would randomly prompt you to verify your account when sending an e-mail from another mail client other than the website which can become annoying.
  7. whsbuss macrumors 68040


    May 4, 2010
    SE Penna.
    I also have both accounts. @outlook.com read/delete sync works better than @iCloud.com for iOS devices.
  8. Maki Roc macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2014
    Here are my observations with using Outlook.com:

    1. Junk filter seems to be too aggressive. I noticed a lot of legitimate mail end up in the junk folder. Incoming mail with custom domains seem to be the most sensitive to this

    2. To prevent legitimate mail to end up in the junk folder it is best to add addresses (and domains) to a safe sender list or to add them to contacts.

    3. Doesn't use CardDav. Has some bad limitations regarding contact fields.

    4. Mail and read status sync is awesome because of activesync, but it uses more battery (an extra TCP connection is maintained constantly)

    5. It's IMAP implementation is still flakey but getting better. Doesn't support IDLE command so there is no push for mail on various desktop clients like Apple Mail or Thunderbird

    6. Has awesome server filters

    7. Very good web client. Some would say it is cleaner and more efficient then Gmail

    8. Any suspicious behavior like accessing mail from an IP that is different then usual triggers a security prompt

    Regarding iCloud mail I have noticed:

    1. Silent filtering of email. Haven't noticed this with mail from people in my contact list, but I am not sure that they are automatically white listed like in Outlook.com

    2. Read status not updated among iOS devices unless manually refreshed

    3. On iOS devices it has little battery impact when idle because it uses apple push notification like all the other iOS apps

    4.Uses IMAP IDLE so you get push mail on desktop clients

    5. Counts toward your 5GB icloud storage

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