5 popular email services and their pros and cons

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Gmail: the most important offers interesting free features

The world’s largest webmail provider, Google’s Gmail has approximately 1.5 billion active users and is available in 105 languages. Like Yahoo! and Outlook, Gmail has a dedicated app for mobile devices as well as a website for logging in from anywhere.

What sets it apart: Unique features include powerful and accurate voice typing, reminders that remind you to follow and respond to messages, the ability to “queue” messages and easily schedule them to appear later, an off mode online so you don’t have to have an internet connection to read your mail and the ability to open attachments without opening emails.

You can also join a Google Meet chat or video call directly from your inbox. And Gmail effectively blocks phishing emails.

Maximum attachment size: 25 megabytes (MB), compared to 15 MB per message. Like Yahoo! and Outlook, Gmail has a paid version with advanced features that is part of its Google Workspace suite.

Maximum mailbox size: 15 gigabytes (GB) of total free storage, approximately 15,000 MB, shared between Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos with an option to purchase additional for a monthly fee.

Private life: Google says it doesn’t scan or read your Gmail messages to show you ads – it did before 2017 – but personalized ads are shown to you based on your online activity when you’re signed in to Google .

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