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Are you a piler, filer, or purger?

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    Are you a piler, filer, or purger?

    When we looked into how people used email, we found some interesting patterns. It turns out that there are generally three types of people when it comes to email: pilers, filers, and purgers.

    Which are you?

    • Piler: I generally dont put email into a folder or archive. I dont delete it. I just let it pile up in my inbox."
    • Filer: I generally categorize messages by moving them into folders Ive created or assigning labels to each message.
    • Purger:  I generally delete email after Ive read it.

    Different strokes for different folks. Its a fun engineering challenge to build an email service that works well for all three types of folks.

    Heres a bit of data on how pilers, filers, and purgers tend to manage the email in their accounts.

    Source: Microsoft internal

    And a chart that will give you a sense as to what percentage of people are like you.

    Coming up next did you know that Hotmail has keyboard shortcuts? Did you know that you can choose between Outlook shortcuts and Gmail-compatible shortcuts? Pretty geeky, huh? Ill talk next about how we think about those features that we geeks love and that most people never use.

    Dick Craddock
    Group Program Manager, Windows Live Hotmail


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    Oh ! I didn't know earlier that I am a piler . Learning about myself never ends
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    Aus, Gold Coast
    Posts : 250
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)

    That's a hard one I'm a Piler/Purger.
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    I purge the majority, file a bunch and pile a few, probably along the lines of 90% purge, 8% file and 2% pile.
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    Pembrokeshire, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 652
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/ Windows 8.1 64 bit

    I do all 3, I pile some delete a load and file the rest, I have a number of folders each named where the mail goes to via message rules depending on the email in question.
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    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64

    Purge some file most of the rest, guilty on 3 counts.
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    New Mexico, USA
    Posts : 12
    Windows 7 x64 / Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    Filer/purger....who would have guessed. Can't stand to have my Inbox full of email. Married to a piler and it caused me to
    build her a laptop with her own email address.
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    Posts : 11
    Windows 7 32bit

    Yup, i'm a purger.
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    Posts : 135
    Win 8 x64 Pro

    I purge all non-essential mail and file the rest. I never pile (can't stand it!)
    I'm quite anal at times
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    Oh I don't delete anything, it's all stored online so what's the point, I'm not paying for the disk space

    Granted, I move anything I don't need at a later date to "Old Mail" but it doesn't actually get deleted. It's actually saved me on a few occasions!

    Oh btw, if you're a gmail piler and want to purge your e-mail w/out sorting through it do this:

    Select All > Select All #### Conversations In... (Mid-Top of messages) > Delete or Move
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