IBM Verse vs Outlook.com


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IBM Verse
Imagine email that works for you instead of email that makes you work. Guided by analytics, IBM Verse learns your behaviors to adapt to the way you work, wherever you work. And because it's built for business, it understands you have special security and privacy needs, too.
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Outlook.com
Cloud-based email service that ties into SkyDrive, so you have 7GB of free space, and it can open attachments right inside new Web apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Its built-in Outlook chat connects to Facebook messages. Outlook’s address book connects to Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, LinkedIn and other services, so contact info will update automatically when friends change their profiles. Microsoft also provides Outlook.com alternative for business - Office 365 Mail
Comparing IBM Verse vs Outlook.com is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Outlook.com has better video than IBM Verse



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like IBM Verse has more user-friendly interface than Outlook.com because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Outlook.com is more popular than IBM Verse

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Outlook.com gets LinkedIn integration (in 2017)
- Microsoft launched faster and smarter Outlook.com (in 2017)
- Microsoft unveiled big update to Outlook.com (in 2015)
- IBM also wants to fix Email (in 2014)
- Outlook.com ads smart filters like in GMail. Zoho Mail increases free limit to 10 users (in 2014)
- GMail, Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail and Zoho Mail: small business email news (in 2013)
- Outlook.com users will be able to chat with their Google contacts (in 2013)
- Skype comes to Outlook.com (in 2013)
- Outlook.com adds two-factor authentication, new Android app (in 2013)
- Microsoft trolls Google with funny videos again (in 2013)

Looks like Outlook.com was recently more active than IBM Verse (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which IBM Verse and Outlook.com meet head to head:

2017 - Microsoft launched faster and smarter Outlook.com to fight IBM Verse


Microsoft launched a new Outlook.com with better and faster search interface, along with other frills. One of those frills is a conversation-style inbox. The new layout makes it easier to keep track of a longer string of messages and everything that was sent previously. This is a much-needed change for Outlook, which has garnered a reputation for being a stodgy, older email service compared to IBM Verse. Another addition is Quick Suggestions. This brings up nearby locations of restaurants or bars you type out in your email. So, if you're sending a message to a friend to get drinks after work, the nearest location of that chain will pop up in the email. And Microsoft also wants you to feel like you've got a personalized email account. Users can now mark contacts and folders as favorites to make them easier to find in a search.

2014 - IBM also wants to fix Email to stand out over Outlook.com



Following in the footsteps of Google Inbox and Microsoft Clutter, IBM wants to reinvent email, too. The company has announced IBM Verse - a "social mail" system for businesses that aims to help employees spend less time curating their inboxes. The system takes into account calendars, contacts, file sharing, social updates and other factors to help highlight the most important messages and give greater insights about the people exchanging them. It can learn over time and eventually predict which messages an employee should prioritize. On any email thread, a user can click through to see a visual tree of all the people connected, how they're connected to each other, and their positions in the organization. Again, the system learns over time, so if it thinks someone is being left out, it will suggest new people to add. IBM Verse is launching as a beta this month, with a full rollout with mobile apps — expected in early 2015.

2012 - Windows Live Hotmail provides the best spam protection - a new advantage over IBM Verse



This is the conclusion of the analytical firm Cascade Insights. According to their report, Windows Live Hotmail is slightly ahead of GMail by this parameter. Yahoo Mail is on the third place but it's far behind the leaders. The rest of the Email-services are far-far behind. We believe this report because the guys from the Windows Live team are fanatically enhancing Hotmail's anti-spam during the last couple of years. Almost every month the Windows Live blog reports that they have reduced the SITI (spam in the inbox) by X%. Moreover, except the anti-spam filters, Hotmail developers recently added some other features to save user's attention. First, (like in GMail) they made the flagged messages displaying at the top of the list (video above). Second, they added categories (video below).



Third, they created the new tool Sweep, which allows to clean your inbox by different parameters. For example, you can move all messages older than a certain date to another folder. These clean-ups can be also scheduled.



In addition, Hotmail developers found another way to save attention - filtering Spam folder. The fact is that you still have to open this folder to control if any good message is filtered. Now, if Hotmail is fully convinced that message is spam, it doesn't go even to the Spam folder, but goes directly into Trash.

Given the fact that Hotmail (like GMail) can be used with your own domain, this service (along with SkyDrive office applications) is becoming a stronger competitor to Google Apps.