Internet today has become more than just checking your email but the significance of email services can never be ignored. That’s why in this post I am going to tell you about 10 Best Email Services That You Should Definitely Check Out.
Just as literacy is treated as a pre-requisite in securing a job in the real world, the virtual world requires an email to personalize your experience. And with explosive growth in smartphone and tablets across the globe, concepts like cloud computing and cross-platform compatibility have become a reality.
Even though, we are pretty much familiar with the utilities of email – since most of us regularly (and very frequently) use this medium to convey our messages and even send files – the purpose of setting the context was to re-emphasize how the very basic things are critical to how we use the Internet today.
Therefore, in this exclusive post on the 10 best email services, we have highlighted what makes one service standout from the other and how relevant they are to a rapidly changing virtual world dominated by the cloud and social media.
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Google Mail or Gmail is by far the most popular email service. Especially among users that prefer Android smartphones and social media interaction.
And not just because of Google’s comprehensive integration with feature-rich online tools coupled with Google Drive and Google Docs.
The tagline ‘One Account – All of Google’ strikes a chord with users who regularly use smartphones, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Plus and many other products supported by the tech giant.
- Comprehensive integration across different products and platforms
- Easy to use web interface & mobile apps
- Cloud storage & collaboration support
- Limited online storage compared with Outlook.com and Yahoo! Mail
- Serves targeted ads based on email contents
- Doesn’t support creation of aliases
Most of us followed the transformation of Hotmail or Windows Live Mail to finally Outlook.com and the journey has surely been memorable.
With the inception of the professional and sleek Outlook feel, Microsoft posted a feature set comparison table in the face of Gmail and Yahoo! Mail and proved itself worthy of the competition.
Personally, I myself have started preferring Outlook.com over Gmail. In addition, with a consistently increasing Windows-based smartphone user-base, more and more of us have started using the online service as well as the mobile app.
- Virtually unlimited and free online storage
- SkyDrive and Microsoft Office integration
- Create aliases (additional addresses that link to your inbox)
- Amazing UI
- Room for further integration with online tools and utilities
- Navigation isn’t as lucid as Google’s offering
Being one of the most experienced email service providers, Yahoo! Mail is striving to stay on top of the market by maintaining focus on its search engine and news portals (global news, finance, sports, entertainment, music and so on) that attracts huge traffic from various corners of the globe.
Although, Gmail and Outlook are still on top, with a major redesign Yahoo! Mail still enjoys significant market appeal among other email providers.
- Effective spam filtering
- Watch multimedia content (videos and slideshows) from your inbox
- Create aliases (additional addresses that link to your inbox)
- No support for online documentation and collaboration like Google Drive & Docs, Office Web Apps and SkyDrive
- Not as feature-rich as the aforementioned competitors
“You’ve got mail!” isn’t an unfamiliar tagline in the cyberspace. For what once was a king of the entire internet, America Online (or simply AOL) is still in the game, and appeals to a loyal email user base that has associated itself with the brand through the ages.
AOL received a significant update in 2012, when its development team completely revamped the service from the ground up.
The end result?
The new AOL gives a lot of flexibility and control to the users, letting them personalize their email experience in a multitude of ways.
- Attractive and easy-to-use interface
- Instant messaging support right within the site
- Robust spam protection and security features
- Limited email attachment size
- No built in viewers for photos, videos, or doc files
- Distracting ads
5. ZigMail (Closed)
ZigMail is very unlike your conventional inbox. It’s rather a service that keeps your transactional emails –basically those confirmation receipts from sites like Amazon and eBay – separate from your personal email account.
At the very basic, it automatically takes all shopping-related guff out of your main inbox and organizes it into a Zigmail account, keeping your main email account clean and healthy.
ZigMail also has a simple, unique and user-friendly interface that promises to simplify your email and inbox experience.
- Sends a daily summary email regarding the status of purchased items
- Works with all major email providers including Gmail, Yahoo and iCloud
- Emails can be further organized into categories
- Not an email provider in itself
- The service is supported by ads which users may find obtrusive
Email services have been popping up in a variety of shapes and sizes, but seldom do we come across something as powerful as Zoho Mail.
Aimed at professional users, this freemium service is aimed at users who have custom domains and want to host multiple email addresses on Zoho’s server without paying any fee.
The service is also well-suited for those who want to collaborate and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations in an easier and straightforward fashion right from their web browser, something that would make Google Doc users quite jealous of.
However, the best bit about Zoho is that it sports absolutely no ads. An almost unheard fact in the world of free email accounts.
- Sleek interface that ensure productivity, security and privacy
- Zero ads user interface even for free account holders
- Wide array of document files support
- Free account only offers 5GB of storage
- Confusing sign up process
7. Alto Mail (Closed)
This one comes directly from the folks at AOL. Currently in beta, Alto is a one-stop email organization solution for those of us who have several email accounts and are seriously in need of an alternative worth trying.
At its core, Alto is a web-based IMAP email client that lets you manage multiple email accounts on one website. The service supports all major email providers including Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud and AOL Mail itself, among many other alternatives.
Alto is also pretty big on beauty and looks fairly elegant from top to bottom.
- A super stylish interface
- Automatically organizes your photos and attachments
- Works with major email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo, AOL or Apple accounts
- A few synchronization issues in beta
- Many desktop based email clients offer more options and settings compared to Alto
FastMail is a paid email service that caters to various segments including personal, business and family email.
The service sports plenty of amazing features and a stellar design that just works. And in case you’re wondering, the IMAP access is there too.
FastMail doesn’t have any native mobile apps, but its beautiful interface is very well optimized to work with every computer, phone, and tablet.
One of its most interesting aspects is the powerful anti-spam protection that keeps junk and spammy messages at bay.
- Flexible pricing scheme that meet user’s requirements
- IMAP access
- 60-day free trial on every account type
- No free plan
- Lacks calendar and office apps
- Doesn’t offer built in chat function like Gmail
Email is one of the most important tools for any business and plays a crucial role in its success. If you’ve been looking to host your business email accounts on an effective service that offers many features, then Atmail is worth giving a shot.
It’s a great IMAP webmail client with all the bells and whistles. It’s really easy to manage, boasts great functionality that’s topped by an attractive design.
Atmail lets your team share contacts and calendars across accounts, and supports features like SPF and DKIM checks to keep your email accounts well protected and secure.
- Fast and reliable
- Compatible with any POP3/IMAP client
- ActiveSync, CardDAV and CalDAV support
- Offers email aliases
- Self hosting email is not for everyone
Shortmail wants to do for email what Twitter does for Tweets i.e keep your messages short, precise and to the point, catering to the fast moving needs of our era.
What makes it stand out from the crowd is the 500 characters limit per message (hence the name short), just like Twitter has 140 characters limit for tweet updates. But this feature aims to enhance your productivity by avoiding long winded email replies.
Shortmail also has a really beautiful and simple UI, and allows you to use your existing Twitter handle as your Shortmail username.
- Superb interface
- 500 characters limit saves you from unwanted mass
- Full POP/IMAP/SMTP Support.
- Lets you use Twitter handle as Shortmail username
- People wanting to send longer email messages will need to look elsewhere
- Not enough features as the more powerful alternatives
And this concludes our extensive look at best email services. If you are aware of any other creative email service provider and think it should be on the list, feel free to let us know by voicing your opinions in the comments section below.