Don’t Think, Just Google (your inbox)

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So I was trying to find a receipt that was emailed to me (sending receipts by random channels — great way to get them lost).

Of course, I thrashed on Microsoft’s email client. I would have had better luck watching cricket. Microsoft is stuck in the ’80s of search. Zero hits, didn’t check subfolders (despite any settings to the contrary — it’s only a request to check subfolders, remember)

So I tossed the info into Apple’s; I got a dozen hits, but all cold. Oh, and it took a second, and all were valid, but the term I wanted to search on wasn’t indexed. This was after choosing the Spotlight, and finding no good hits of the 12, and fiddling a bit to get the right header field looked at.

So without really planning, I just tossed the term into Gmail’s search: no structure, no thought, no limits, no markup: cut-paste-go. Less than a second, it had the result. One result, the right result.

Give up; Gmail wins this decade of email.

Granted, search is no email, but with the level of data we receive (I get over a hundred non-spam emails daily, and over a thousand spam daily), search is everywhere, including email.

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