Nearly everyone has their favourite email provider, but is it time to make the switch? Let’s take a step away from that spam-ridden inbox and see what else is out there.
Google’s Gmail is a good place to start; it is one of my favourite email providers. It offers everything from spam protection to email labelling. The powerful and easy interface is very easy to get used to; you can be flying around in minutes. And don’t think that you are restricted to the online client, Gmail also supports full POP and IMAP access which means you can use your favourite desktop client. However, annoyingly Gmail displays adverts relevant to your emails, which some people may find intrusive. If you aren’t a big fan of Google, Yahoo Mail may be for you. Yahoo has been around for a while now, being one of the first big free email providers back in the early 2000’s. Yahoo Mail has a resound history of having an extremely fine spam sieve. If it’s a spam free email account you want Yahoo Mail is a good choice for you. Yahoo Mail may seem to be lacking in user features however, it’s perfect for those who casually email. Microsoft’s Hotmail is also another popular option, especially amongst the younger generation. Hotmail is directly integrated into the Windows live experience, offering the likes of Messenger and SkyDrive. It’s likely that you may already have one of these services, so a Hotmail account can be very simple to set up. The interface allows easy navigation between message boxes, contacts and other Microsoft services. At some times the spam filter can be a little weak and also the adverts can get in the way of your work. However overall it’s a fair competitor.