Gmail is the most popular email service used by many.Today, the service boasts more than one billion users. 60% of mid-sized US companies and 92% of start-ups rely on it. But what other alternatives are out there? Today we will explore all the other popular alternatives for gmail.
These days, “Outlook” can refer to a desktop email client, a Web-based email client, and an online email service. If you just want a free email account, you don’t need to get bogged down in the details; just head to outlook.com and sign up for an @outlook.com email address. Using an Outlook account comes with significant benefits. Because it’s operated by Microsoft, it’s heavily integrated into the Windows 10 operating system. It also works seamlessly with the Outlook Office 365 app.
2. Yahoo mail!
The other go-to free email provider is Yahoo Mail. Sure, its user numbers pale into insignificance compared with Gmail (it had around 250 million at the start of 2017), but it’s still one of the most recognizable global email brands. Yahoo Mail allows you to set up folders to store and manage your messages giving you space up to 1TB. Several folders exist automatically at the left of the home screen — Inbox, Drafts, Sent, Spam, Trash, Contacts and All Feeds. The integration of all Yahoo services like Yahoo news, finance, ask cricket etc. seamlessly with mail, all into a single account makes Yahoo interesting to use.
3. Zoho Mail
Zoho Mail is one of the newest providers on the list. It’s only been in existence since October 2008.
In its short life, the service has quickly developed into one of the best free email providers outside the Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook troika. Driven by an ad-free web client (even for free users), it’s grown to more than 10 million active users in just nine years.
The app offers everything you’d expect from a free email provider, including multi-level folders, conversation views, drag-and-drop inbox organizing, and filters. One omission is an integrated video chat tool.
Zoho Mail is part of a larger office productivity suite. The service is tightly integrated with Zoho Docs – a Google Docs competitor that lets you create, edit, and collaborate on text, presentation, and spreadsheet documents.
The app boasts 720 million users, but it’s not clear how many of them are using an @iCloud.com email address.
All iCloud users get 5 GB of storage for free. In addition to documents, photos, and other data, any emails you receive count against the limit. As such, you might need to pay for more storage if iCloud is your provider of choice.
5. AOL Mail
AOL Mail is the granddad of free email services. It went live in March 1993, making it three years older than Hotmail, four years older than Yahoo Mail, and almost ten years older than Gmail.
Because of its age, it has a huge user base. Nevertheless, the numbers have been decreasing in recent years. In 2006, it had 50 million active monthly users, and as recently as 2010 it was the third-largest email provider in the world.
Today, the number of active users is down to 25 million. However, experts expect numbers to start increasing again soon thanks to Verizon’s March 2017 decision to close its own in-house email service and move all its users to AOL instead.
Just because AOL Mail is a recognizable brand name with millions of users, you shouldn’t necessarily rush to sign up. In recent years, several pieces of research have hinted at “email bias”. Potential employers are less likely to hire you if you have an AOL or Hotmail address; it suggests you’re stuck in 1996.