Email remains at the core of communicating online, in both personal and business capacities. With one billion users, Google Gmail is the world’s most popular email platform, while Microsoft Outlook retains second place with 400 users and counting. However, there are many other powerful email providers out there which may be more suited to your needs – here is what you need to know.
The ignorance of other free powerful email service providers means users usually stick to the biggest brands, such as Gmail and Outlook.
An effective email platform needs to have an effective spam filter, significant storage space.
While aesthetic and easy-to-understand interface and mobile access are equally important for many.
Express.co.uk has explored other free email services to highlight a few of the best alternatives to Outlook and Gmail.
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Google’s free email service Gmail is the most popular for good reason, as it is among the best.
Gmail has a modern interface, integrates well with other Google services, and is effective at blocking spam.
Gmail also boasts clever features including the option to “snooze” emails, send and request money via Google Pay, send emails with expiration dates and others that can only be read with a special code.
Other clever features include the ability to create filters and labels, import email in from other email accounts, use a chat client and even install add-ons to extend Gmail’s functionality.
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Microsoft Outlook is the world’s second most popular email provider because it also offers excellent service.
Outlook also has a solid interface that is easy to work with and is really intuitive.
A simple right click, for example, offers further options like moving or deleting messages and searching for every message from a single sender.
Users can also update the homepage colour scheme and customise the reading pane display.
Email rules are supported with Outlook Mail, meaning you can automate new messages to automatically move to a specified folder, be categorised, flagged or even forwarded.
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Yahoo Mail is the free email account offered by Yahoo.
New Yahoo users receive an generous one terabyte of free storage for email.
The compose window offers the ability to switch between online image attachments and normal file attachments.
This means you can switch a file attachment to be embedded in the email and just as easily reverse it to make it a file attachment.
Yahoo Mail is probably the best email service when it comes to aliases, as users can create 500 disposable addresses are linked to your main email address but don’t contain your name or any other personal data.
This is extremely useful if you frequently sign up for web accounts and do not wish to have your regular inbox spammed or filled with useless email.
The page where you find your email also shows top stories from AOL.com, which is a nice addition.
AOL Mail users can also quickly filter your messages to only show unread or read emails, or flagged or unflagged messages.
Many advanced settings are customisable: from altering the spam filter’s sensitivity, controlling who can you send you mail, and banning mail containing specific words.
AOL’s mail settings lets users clearly read the IMAP and POP server settings, which is useful when using your AOL email address with offline email clients.
Many of AOL competitors do not display this information.