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Windows 8.1 All-in-One For Dummies by Woody Leonhard

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Chapter 3: Getting Started with Gmail, Google Apps, and Drive

In This Chapter

arrow.png Using Google alternatives to Windows

arrow.png Setting up your Gmail account

arrow.png Using Google Docs (Drive)

arrow.png Moving your domain to Google

In spite of the rivalry between Microsoft and Google, Google’s so important to today’s computer users that Microsoft builds hooks into Windows 8.1 that try to get you to add your Gmail account to the tiled, “immersive” Metro Mail app and add your Gmail contacts to the tiled Metro People app. Of course, Google is happy to return the favor, with easy ways to put your Hotmail/Outlook.com mail inside Gmail, and to import your Hotmail/Outlook.com contacts into Gmail.

There’s a reason why Microsoft wants you to put your Google eggs in its basket. Google has very good competitors to the Microsoft online stable, er, stables, including the following:

check Microsoft Hotmail/Outlook.com, the Windows 8.1 tiled Metro Mail app, the mail part of Microsoft’s Outlook, and the desktop Windows Live Mail all ...

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