Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo Mail – So Many to Choose From, So Which One is For You?

History and Background

Once the Internet became an important public communications medium in the 1990s, many saw it as a good chance for a personal and instant communication system – email. Many free email providers arrived, but the first major player was Microsoft, with the release of Hotmail. Qualcomm soon released Eudora, followed closely by Yahoo and just lately, Google. And therefore the race to offer the most profitable and popular email service began


Microsoft Hotmail –

This happens to be the most popular email service on the web. It’s success is due mainly to massive publicity, worldwide services and has become nearly the default email service for starting Internet users. If you would like an email, you visit Hotmail. yahoo mail login in sign in  It had been barely threatened by other companies until the recent launch of Google’s Gmail. A year or so ago, Hotmail offered a measly 2 MB storage for email. Then from the blue, Gmail launched a huge 1 GB email
service for public use. Luckily for Hotmail, Gmail is in beta and only available via an invitation based signup. Hotmail has increased email capacity to 250 MB in an effort to rival Gmail.

Personally, I don’t like Hotmail. It’s pages load slower than other providers. Ads are observed literally everywhere. Despite 250MB, the capacity is still small when compared with Gmail and Yahoo Mail. Being the greatest provider of email, it can be the most targeted by hackers and unauthorized users.

On one other hand it has the backing of Microsoft, has generally top quality spam and virus filters, has nice HTML email features and also works beautifully with other Microsoft products such as for instance MSN Messenger and MSN Spaces.

Google Gmail –

Released as an invitation only beta on April 1, 2004 (no it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke) Gmail made free email history when it announced that its new email service would boast a huge 1GB of free email storage. This was 500 times what Hotmail and 250 times what Yahoo offered at the time and thus users all over the world just couldn’t get enough of Gmail. People have been fortunate enough to receive an invitation were generally great beta testers, but some began selling these invitations on websites like eBay. I myself was fortunate enough to receive an invitation from Gmail in its early stages. During the time most users got no more than 10 invitations to hand out. Today I’ve 50, with quickly replenishment of these after use.

Personally, I really like Gmail. It’s got a clean and fast interface, with very user friendly features. It’s storage is excellent, but few users will ever use even 50% of the space. It’s spam filters are good, but I will have to say Hotmail did a much better job. POP and IMAP access are available these days, along with email forwarding.

But even Gmail has its cons. It lacks thorough HTML email support, both for viewing and composing. It lacks some typically common features in other email services, like a choice of spam filter level, the capacity to trash messages easily and also doesn’t work well (works only in plain HTML mode) with Opera and other older browsers.

Also there have been 2 privacy issues raised with Gmail. Firstly, the unobtrusive and generally clean looking ads on the proper on most pages are contextual. What this means is these ads are generated centered on page content, or in this case email content. Therefore everytime you view an email, you’re email content is analyzed and then changed into ads for Google’s revenue. Based on Google, that is all done by robots not humans, and therefore the e-mail is never read by any humans, but nonetheless, many users get freaked out if they see their email posted in ad-form on the proper of the screen.

Another privacy issue is that of trashed messages. With 1GB of space, Gmail encourages users not to delete read messages, but and then archive them for later viewing. If an individual decides to trash an email anyway, their is a clause in the Gmail privacy policy which in turn causes some dispute. The clause states that if deletion of an email, Google can keep it in storage for as long as it wishes. Therefore, whenever you trash an email and expect it to be gone forever, maybe it’s simply sitting on a Google server, waiting to be accessed by unauthorized users.

The majority are linking Gmail with selling your soul to the devil. Can you fall under a 1GB storage temptation to offer your privacy? Well Personally, i don’t believe these privacy allegations, but you’ve to create up your personal mind.

Also please allow me to tell you that at the time of April 1, 2005, Google upgraded all email accounts to 2GB storage, and as a added gimmick, that amount is continually growing at approximately 3.5 MB per day (this rate constantly changes). At the time of the 6th of August, 2005, how big is all Gmail accounts was at 2465 MB.

Since Gmail is in invitation-only beta, in the event that you want to join, please utilize this Gmail Invite Request Form and I’ll happily send you an invitation.

Yahoo Mail –

Yahoo Mail is the second largest email provider on earth, just behind Hotmail. Before Gmail was introduced, it gave 4MB of space to free users, double what Hotmail offered. To compete with Google’s Gmail, Yahoo has increased their email capacity to a huge 1GB. Obviously, since Gmail increased their accounts to 2GB, Yahoo is still 2nd to the newest email giant.

Ignoring storage space for some time, Yahoo Mail is a pretty robust email service. It’s ads are considerably smaller and less obtrusive than Hotmail’s, and isn’t contextual like Gmail’s. It’s interface is slower than Gmail’s and around exactly the same speed as that of Hotmail. It has great spam and virus filters, and also works great with other Yahoo products such as for instance Yahoo Messenger. Also whenever you register for Yahoo Mail, your Yahoo ID can be used for practically anything else Yahoo.

It has very few cons as well. The ads are occasionally flashy and your pages might load slower because of them but that’s the sole downside. So maybe Yahoo is your email service choice.

Conclusion –

Even when a number of you need me to, I won’t blatantly state the best email service here. The reason being I don’t believe there is such thing because the *best* as it pertains to email services. Personally, i like Gmail, but there are millions on the market that would disagree with me. Many people love the simplicity of Gmail, the support of Hotmail or the truly amazing spam filters of Yahoo. You’ve to make a choice based on your liking and your needs. So go ahead and learn for yourself what email service is most beneficial for you.


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