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PHUKET: If you have a Hotmail account, you’re in for a big surprise. Microsoft is throwing away Hotmail completely.

That’s quite a comeuppance for one of the best-known brands in the world. Imagine Toyota throwing away the Camry brand, or Louis ditching Vuitton.

Once upon a time, Hotmail blazed new ground as the first major free web-based e-mail service when Sabeer Bhatia (a native of Bangalore and a graduate of Caltech and Stanford) spent US$300,000 to launch it in 1996.

On December 31, 1997, Microsoft bought Hotmail for US$400 million, and the service has never been the same. Microsoft struggled with Hotmail for many years, adding new users like flies, but always suffering from severe performance problems and crashes heard round the world.

Ultimately, Hotmail was shuffled under the Microsoft Network (MSN) wing; its free services were clipped; and its user interface was subjected to more facelifts than an aging Hollywood actor.

What happened? Just like Windows, Hotmail’s been losing market share. Once the dominant email provider – with Yahoo Mail and AOL hot on its heels – Google’s Gmail came along about ten years ago and blasted Hotmail out of the arena. Why pay for 20MB of Hotmail email storage, when Gmail give away 1GB for free? Gmail’s taken a lot of market share and mindshare, with superior services and a much better interface, all for absolutely no cost.

Right now, Hotmail has about a third of the online email market. That’s a precipitous fall from its old domination. Gmail has a third, and it’s increasing rapidly. Yahoo Mail, perhaps surprisingly, also has about a one-third share, with its user base a flat line for years.

While email as a whole isn’t an endangered species, it isn’t growing very quickly. Social networking sites are starting to pick up a substantial portion of traditional one-to-one email traffic, and IMs, SMSs and VoIP/Skype calls eat away at the numbers.

So Microsoft decided to throw out the Hotmail baby with the bathwater, and replace it with something called, of all things, Outlook.com.

Everybody’s going to find the name confusing. Outlook.com doesn’t work anything at all like the real Outlook, which is part of Microsoft Office. It doesn’t work like the Outlook Web App either, which is primarily for corporate email users on the go, or Outlook Express, the email program in Windows XP.

In fact, Outlook.com works pretty much like Hotmail, and Microsoft has added several new features that really do make Outlook.com competitive with Gmail.

Also, in addition to@hotmail.com and @live.com IDs, which have always worked with Hotmail, Microsoft has added @outlook.com IDs. If you want an email address such as woody@ outlook.com, run over to the site and stake it out.

It won’t take long for you to get the hang of Outlook.com. The usual folders are on the left – Inbox, Junk, Drafts, Sent and Deleted. The Quick Views folders at the bottom left are basically useless, as far as I can tell.

Don’t waste your time with them, unless you want to use one of the online Office Web Apps (stunted versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint) to edit a file that’s been emailed to you. Individual messages can be flagged by clicking on the flag silhouette on the message summary line (second column). A flagged message is automatically placed at the top of the Inbox list.

Outlook.com has one unique feature called Sweep, which lets you move all of the mail from a particular email address into a single folder, or delete all of the mail from a
specific email address. Sweep is an old Hotmail feature that’s been brought into the new Outlook.com.

My #1 tip for Outlook.com users is the same as my #1 tip for old Hotmail users: create a folder called Save, and don’t create any other folders.

As you go through your mail, move any interesting mail to the Save folder. That way, you can search for it easily, and don’t need to worry about Outlook.com throwing it away after 30 days.

Gmail users don’t have to worry about making a Save folder. Gmail already has one, called Archive.

A month ago, based on the recommendation of a friend who also writes “For Dummies” books, I decided to try Gmail as my only, full-time email program. I migrated all of my email addresses over to Gmail (a process that’s surprisingly easy), and kept using all of my old email addresses.

After a month of intense use, I actually prefer Gmail to Outlook 2010 (never thought I’d say that).

There are some tricks, but once you get the hang of it, Gmail’s capable of handling a lot of email. Searching for mail in Gmail takes one-tenth the time, and creates one-tenth the headache, of searching in Outlook.

The big downside: When my internet connection goes down, I’m dead in the water.

I also tried Outlook.com for a few days, and ultimately went back to Gmail. Why? Three reasons. First, it’s much easier to archive mail in Gmail, and I use the archiving feature a lot.

Two, Gmail sorts my mail automatically into two lists: Important and Everything Else. The sorting isn’t infallible, but it adapts to my recommendations, and it saves me an enormous amount of time scanning incoming mail.

Third, I just prefer the layout of the Gmail screen. Instead of Outlook.com’s four columns, with ads taking up the fourth, I prefer having a single ad at the top, and seeing the rest of the screen devoted to mail. After all, that’s why I use an email program!

So say goodbye to Hotmail. It’s been a good ride. Let’s see if Microsoft has any better luck with Outlook.com.

Woody’s Sandwich Shoppes hold computer sessions under the tutelage of Seth Bareiss every other Wednesday afternoon, from 1 to 3pm. If you have a Windows problem that needs to be solved, drop by one of Seth’s free afternoon sessions. Details in the Phuket Gazette Events Calendar.

Live Wire is Woody Leonhard’s weekly snapshot of all things internet in Phuket.

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@PhuketLiveWire, and “like” the pages at facebook.com/SandwichShoppe and facebook.com/phuketgazette.net, or send him mail at Woody@KhunWoody.com.

— Woody Leonhard

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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PHOTOS: Phuket Hot News

The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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