Yahoo Mail vs. vs. Gmail vs. AOL Mail

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If you're fed up with your existing email service, or you're looking to make a switch from a university address, there are a number of free email options to choose from. Gmail has led the field for years, but competitors like Yahoo Mail, (formerly Hotmail) and AOL Mail have revamped their designs and features in a bid to attract new users. Which offers the best experience? We put all four services through a seven-round face-off to help you make the best choice.

Round 1: Interface (20 points) 

All four mail services share the same basic template, with an email list pane in the center and folders on the left. Account options and settings are located in the upper right corner. In Gmail and Yahoo Mail, a search bar is displayed prominently at the top of the page, while a smaller bar can be found at the top left corner in and AOL Mail (AOL Mail features a larger bar at the top, but this searches the Web, not your email).

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Yahoo Mail sports a very clean, clutter-free design. The folders on the left – Inbox, Drafts, Sent, Spam and Trash – are clearly labeled, and additional folders can be found in a drop-down menu. Just above the folders is the Compose button, which replaces the email list pane with a blank email when clicked. Above that are tabs that let you view Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notepad and Yahoo Messenger. The icons make it clear which tab you're clicking on, but if you're still confused you can hover over them and tool tips will appear.


Gmail's design is slightly less intuitive. Common email labels (different than folders, see Organization below) like Inbox, Sent Mail and Drafts are displayed on the left, but other labels such as Spam and Trash are accessed via a drop-down menu that's hidden behind the Hangouts pane, which shares the same space on the left side of the screen as the labels. Hovering over any of the visible labels causes the Hangouts pane to shift downward, exposing the remaining labels.

Unfortunately, Google doesn't include any visual or textual indicators that explain how this works, which can make it unnecessarily confusing for neophytes. Furthermore, although you can remove the Hangouts pane by clicking on a small chat icon at the bottom left of the screen, the icon is easy to miss if you don't know to look for it.

Accessing your contacts in Gmail is another point of confusion – to do so you have to click on a drop-down menu just above the Compose button labeled "Gmail" and then select Contacts. As with the Hangouts pane, Gmail lacks any indicators (beyond the Help menu) that explain this functionality.

outlook_inbox_final features a minimalist interface that diverges from Yahoo Mail and Gmail in several important ways. The Compose button (labeled "New" with a plus symbol) is located above the email list pane rather than above the folders, and composing a message causes the folders on the left to disappear entirely.

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More annoying is the fact that you can't edit your contacts directly in Instead, you have to click on the arrow next to the "" button at the upper left corner of the screen, and then select "People" from the drop-down menu that appears. The contact list opens in a separate tab.


The interface in AOL Mail feels cluttered in comparison to the others. Above the email folder pane are buttons labeled Email, IM, Text and Check. This first button is somewhat confusingly labeled, as it actually functions as the compose button. The other buttons let you send an instant message or text message via a popup window at the bottom right of the screen, or refresh your inbox. Another cluster of buttons is located below the email folder pane; these open separate panes for AOL Instant Messenger, Quick Contacts, Events and To Do's.

Winner: Yahoo Mail (20 points). Yahoo Mail's clean, intuitive interface makes composing emails, editing contacts and viewing the calendar a frustration-free experience.
Runner up: (18 points)

Round 2: Organization (15 points)

Gmail provides a robust set of tools to keep your inbox organized. To begin with, you can categorize your emails using labels, which are functionally similar to folders (with a couple of key differences). Existing labels include Starred, Important, Sent Mail and Drafts, though you can create as many new labels as you’d like.

Unlike folders, you can apply multiple labels to a single email, which is helpful if you have overlapping categories such as Shopping and Shipping Updates. Labels can also be nested and color coded. Gmail displays the labels in the email list pane, allowing you to see at a glance if any emails in that category are available.

Gmail also allows you to de-clutter your inbox without deleting emails outright by archiving mail. Archived messages disappear from the email list pane, but remain in your account. You can find archived emails by using the search bar at the top of the screen, clicking on its label on the left side of the screen (if a label was applied), or clicking on the label All Mail.

gmail_tabbed_inbox_1Finally, a recent update to Gmail introduced an innovative new feature, the tabbed inbox. With this enabled, Gmail automatically filters your mail into subject-based categories arranged in tabs at the top of the email list pane. Default categories include Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums, although you can create categories of your own.

If you've received a new email in a given category, the tab above the email list pane displays the sender. The tool is remarkably accurate at sorting mail, and proved extremely helpful in keeping our normally unkempt inbox in tidy shape. uses a hybrid approach, providing both labels (referred to as categories in Outlook) and email folders. The list of default labels is quite extensive – categories include Social Updates, Documents and Photos, among others – and you can create new categories as well. Outlook also offers the ability to archive messages; clicking on the Archive button moves the selected messages from your inbox to a folder called "Archive."

Compared to Gmail and Outlook, Yahoo Mail and AOL Mail offer fairly rudimentary organizational tools. Instead of using labels, both services allow you to sort messages into folders such as Drafts, Sent Mail, Spam and Trash. You can also create your own folders, or mark the emails with a flag or a star. The disadvantage of folders compared to labels, however, is that moving a message to a folder removes it from your inbox; with labels, emails can be categorized within the inbox itself.

All four services allow you to sort messages according to date, sender, read/unread status and other criteria. Each service also provides an email filter, with varying degrees of complexity. Outlook's filter is fairly basic, as it only allows you to filter according to sender.

yahoo_mail_filtersYahoo Mail offers a slightly more robust filter that will automatically move messages into a folder of your choice according to sender, recipient, subject or email body text. AOL Mail improves upon Yahoo's filter with the option to have an alert sent to your cellphone or AOL Instant Messenger account.

gmail_unique_filterGmail provides the most complex filter, which allows you to sort messages according to sender, recipient, subject, body text, file size and if there's an attachment. In addition to applying the label of your choice, the filter can be set to delete the message, forward it, archive it, mark it as read or star it. You can also set the filter to never send certain messages to Spam, and always/never mark certain messages as important.

Winner: Gmail (15 points). Gmail’s organizational tools, including labels, inbox tabs and a robust filter, blow the competition out of the water. If you use the service's features to their fullest, you won't ever lose track of an email. Runner-up: (13 points)

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Round 3: Advertisements (15 points)

Depending on how you've configured your inbox, Gmail features two small and unobtrusive advertisements located just above and below the email list pane. The ads are text-only, and take up a single line of space. However, if you're using Gmail's new tabbed inbox, which separates your emails into categories like Primary, Social and Promotions, you won't see any advertisements at all.

yahoo_mail_adYahoo Mail has the most intrusive advertisements of all four email services. There's a vertical banner ad on the right side of the screen, as well as a smaller sponsored advertisement below the folders on the left. Most annoyingly, there's a sponsored advertisement at the top of the email list pane that looks deceptively like an unread email. If you want to eliminate ads entirely, Yahoo offers an ad-free experience for $49.99 per year. and AOL Mail feature a vertical banner advertisement on the right, but theirs are much less prominent than the banner ad in Yahoo Mail. Neither service displays ads in the email list pane or below the folders. Like Yahoo, Microsoft offers an ad-free experience for $19.95 per year.

Gmail, Yahoo Mail and AOL Mail feature interest-based advertising -- in essence, the services scan your emails for keywords and then use that data to load relevant ads. If you find this unnecessarily intrusive, all three services allow you to opt out of interest-based ads. does not use targeted advertising.

Winner: Gmail (13 points). Gmail's text-only ads are the least intrusive of any service, unless you opt to pay for Outlook's ad-free experience. With Gmail, you won't have to deal with banner ads or advertisements masquerading as emails in your inbox.
Runner-up: (12 points)

Round 4: Storage (10 points)

Gmail offers 15GB of free storage, which sounds like more than enough space to save all of your emails without deleting messages. However, the storage is shared with Google Drive and Google Plus – which means that if you're saving large files to Google Drive or uploading lots of pictures and videos to Google's social network, you might quickly run out of room in your inbox. If you need extra capacity, Google offers monthly storage plans that run from 100GB for $2 per month to as much as 30TB for $300 per month.

yahoo_storageYahoo Mail, by comparison, boasts a whopping 1TB of free storage. To get the same storage capacity in Google, you'll have to pay $10 per month. Unlike Gmail, Yahoo Mail does not offer monthly storage plans with expanded capacity – though we doubt you'd need the extra space.

Microsoft claims that Outlook's storage capacity increases as you need it, offering effectively unlimited storage. In reality, however, provides a maximum of 5GB of free storage, or 10GB if you're paying for ad-free The initial capacity is actually less than 5GB and grows as your inbox fills up, until you hit the 5GB limit.

Microsoft encourages users to store large attachments in OneDrive; you can purchase 100GB and 200GB of extra storage for $2 per month and $4 per month, respectively.

While AOL Mail also claims that it provides unlimited free storage, there are, in fact, limits. The inbox can hold 1,000 new messages, 4,000 old messages and 4,000 sent messages per screen name. With a 25MB file size limit for attachments, this means that AOL Mail offers about 25GB of storage for new messages, 100GB for old messages and 100GB for sent messages. You can request additional space, but it's unclear how much extra storage AOL Mail allots per request.

Winner: Yahoo Mail (10 points). With 1TB of free storage, Yahoo Mail easily outpaces the competition in the race for space. Even better, the service doesn't share its mammoth storage capacity with other cloud storage services – meaning you can cling to old emails to your heart's content. 
Runner-up: AOL Mail (9 points).

Round 5: Special Features (15 points)

Gmail provides a bevy of innovative features. Action buttons in the inbox let you track packages, view online orders and RSVP to events without opening any messages. The buttons appear next to relevant messages – such as a shipment order from – on the right side of the email list pane. Clicking on an RSVP, for instance, opens a drop-down menu from which you can add the event to your calendar; a track-package button opens a new tab on

Gmail also allows you to view attachments directly within the inbox. Clicking on a Word document, for example, opens a read-only popup with buttons at the top to open the document in Google Docs, save it to Google Drive, print the document, or download it to your computer. Hovering over the attachment (without clicking on it) causes two buttons to appear that allow you to download the attachment or save it to Google Drive. 

Similarly, you can view YouTube videos sent as a link in an email without leaving your inbox. Gmail displays a sample image from the video at the bottom of the message; clicking on the picture opens the video in a popup.

Gmail_Compose_WindowsAnother unique feature of Gmail is its compose window. When replying to messages or composing a new email, Gmail opens a popup window at the bottom right corner of the screen. This allows you to browse your inbox while simultaneously composing an email, which is an immensely helpful and time-saving feature if you need to consult previously received emails while writing an email of your own. Gmail's compose window also lets you compose two emails at once – a feature that no other email service provides. 

Finally, Gmail displays the participants in an email conversation on the right of the screen, along with recent photos they've shared with you. Buttons for chat, video chat and email are located below their profile picture, allowing you to start a new conversation with these participants directly from the current email pane. 

Like Gmail, Yahoo Mail allows you to view attachments within the inbox itself. Clicking on pictures or documents opens them in a popup. A button at the top of the popup provides the option of downloading the attachment to either Dropbox or your computer.

Yahoo also offers Enhanced Contacts, which displays your contacts' recent messages, shared photos and attachments in addition to standard contact information, such as email addresses and phone numbers. This makes it easy to find files that you've received, even if you can't remember which email contained the attachment. features a more robust integration with Microsoft Office products than its competitors. You can open and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly from the inbox, without having Office installed on your computer. The online copy of the document retains all of the original formatting, though not advanced features such as comments. 

outlook_sweep_1Outlook also provides a unique feature called Sweep. When you've opened an email or selected it in your inbox, you can click on the Sweep button at the top of the page to open a drop-down menu. From here, you can select actions such as delete all messages from this sender, delete all messages and block any future emails, always keep the latest email and delete the rest, and always delete email older than 10 days. It's a powerful tool that helps eliminate unwanted emails such as promotional offers and forum updates.

As with Gmail, lets you watch YouTube videos directly from your inbox. Clicking on the preview image at the bottom of the message opens the video in a popup window. 

AOL Mail offers comparatively few special features. There's Today on AOL, a page that opens when you first log in to the service, which displays the latest headlines and local weather. AOL Mail also sports seamless integration with AOL Instant Messenger.

Winner: Gmail (15 points). The sheer number of tools and tricks provided by Gmail sets it apart from the rest. 
Runner-up: (13 points) 

Round 6: Mobile Apps (15 points)

The Gmail app, available for Android and iOS, provides nearly the full functionality of Google's webmail service on your mobile device. Like the desktop site, the app's inbox is divided into tabs (Primary, Social, Promotions and other categories of your choosing), and you can sort your messages according to label. A search button at the top right corner of the screen makes it easy to find emails.

The app delivers a push notification when you receive an email; in addition to the sender and subject line, the notification displays the first line of text from the email body, as well as the total number of unread messages. Furthermore, you can delete or reply to messages right from the notification drawer if you're using an Android phone or tablet.

The Gmail app also lets you set a vacation auto-response, with adjustable start and end dates. You can set the vacation responder to reply to all messages, or only to emails from people in your contacts list.

mobile_appsThe Yahoo Mail app for Android and iOS looks very similar to the Gmail app. Folders are available by swiping in from the left, and you can search for messages using the search bar just above the inbox. You can also change the background theme, a feature that Gmail lacks. Push notifications let you know when you have a new email. Unlike Gmail, however, you can't delete or reply to the email from the Android notifications drawer. More annoyingly, Yahoo Mail displays sponsored advertisements at the top of the inbox. 

The app is available on Android devices but not iOS. It sports the same minimalist aesthetic as the webmail service. The refresh, compose and search buttons are located at the bottom of the display. Swiping from the left, you can jump between folders, switch accounts and adjust the settings. Push notifications display the sender, subject and the first line of text, but you can't delete or reply to the email from the notifications drawer.

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The app settings are much more comprehensive than those in the Yahoo Mail and Gmail apps. You can create a vacation auto-response (though not start and end dates, as in Gmail), set up a quiet time when syncing should not occur (for example, at night or when your device has low power), or lock the application with a secure pincode. The app even lets you adjust nitty-gritty settings such as the message size limit (0KB to 100KB), the email read format (HTML or plain text), and the folder to which attachments are downloaded.

AOL Mail does not have an app for either Android or iOS. Mobile users will have to configure existing mail apps like Mail for iOS to sync with their AOL Mail account.

Winner: Gmail (14 points). Although the app offers a greater number of customizable settings than either Gmail or Yahoo, Gmail's robust push notifications – particularly the ability to delete or reply to emails right from the Android notifications drawer – makes this the mobile mail app to beat. 
Runners-up: Yahoo Mail and (12 points).

Round 7: Security and Encryption (10 points)

All of the email services, with the exception of AOL Mail, offer two-step verification as an additional layer of security beyond a password. With this feature enabled, after inputting your password you'll need to enter a code that you'll receive via text message or voice call. Once signed in, you can set the two-step verification not to ask for a code again on that computer; however, if someone tries to sign in from a different PC, they'll still be prompted for the verification code. 

In addition to two-step verification, Gmail lets you manage account permissions (for example, if you log in to websites using your Google account) and view security-related events (adding a phone number, changing your password or turning on two-step verification). Gmail will also send phone alerts if your password has been changed or it notices suspicious activity, such as an attempted login from a foreign IP address.

Yahoo Mail offers a number of security features. For phishing protection, Yahoo Mail features a sign-in seal (either a short text message or an image from your computer) that appears only if you're on a genuine Yahoo-affiliated site like Yahoo Mail. You can also change the frequency with which Yahoo Mail automatically signs you out (either every day or every four weeks), view your recent sign-in activity and manage your account permissions. 

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Besides two-step verification, features a recovery code that you can use if you lose access to your security information (your phone number and an alternate email address). This recovery code is generated once, and for security reasons is never viewable again within itself. (Microsoft recommends that you print it out and store it in a safe place.) You can also manage your trusted devices and app passwords.

Compared to the layers of security offered by Gmail, Yahoo and, AOL Mail's security features seem rudimentary. Besides a password, AOL Mail only provides a security question. The service doesn't offer two-step verification, anti-phishing protection or notification of suspicious activity.

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All four services have Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption enabled by default. In addition, Gmail offers Transport Layer Security (TLS), which is closely related to -- but more advanced than -- SSL.

Winner: Gmail (10 points). Gmail, Yahoo Mail and all offer two-step verification, as well as a multitude of other security measures such as app password management, account management and alerts for suspicious activity. However, only Gmail offers both SSL and TLS encryption. Security-conscious users should avoid AOL Mail. 
Runners-Up: Yahoo Mail and (9 points) 

Overall Winner: Gmail

While Yahoo Mail has steadily closed the gap between itself and Gmail in terms of features and usability, Gmail remains the best free email service available. Its labels, tabbed inbox and robust filter make it easy to organize your messages, and its special features – including the separate compose window and inbox action buttons – demonstrate Google's ongoing success in out-innovating the competition. Moreover, the Gmail mobile app continues to set the standard for the industry.


Yahoo Mail impressed us with its clean and intuitive interface and massive storage capacity, but we wish that the advertisements were less intrusive. (The fact that ads appear within the inbox itself is particularly unforgivable.) is very appealing as well, especially its seamless integration with Microsoft Office and OneDrive, but in almost every category it lagged behind Gmail in terms of features or usability. AOL Mail came in dead last in this contest, not taking a single round. Unless you're a really big fan of a certain Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan flick, you should probably get your mail somewhere else.

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  • What Haveyou Says:

    and your commenting system needs work; there's no way to edit a comment.

    The 13,000+ E-mails comment referred to AOL.

  • What Haveyou Says:

    Your E-mail storage totals do not appear to be correct. My parents have 13,000+ E-mails in their In boxes and there's no apparent limit in sight.

  • amarajohsan Says:

    This all mail account having a good features but I am using AOL account from last six months and i personally like this account very much because to setup this is really easy but if someone have any issue related to this then you can take help from this site

  • virginia campaign Says:

    Its been down for over 30 days I am locked outI want my yahoo e mail back

  • Anoop Says:

    All that shines is not gold, Gmail or whatsoever! Yahoo has been a pioneer and a best of the best since ages! I myself did try other ones, but am sticked happily to YahooMail for over 20 years!

  • Taufik hidayat huzaemi Says:

    Deleting email facebook getelah about setting

  • Carl- Says:

    I have had a Hotmail ( email since 2003 and I'm very satisfied. The design and features have got better & better.

    Tried Yahoo! Mail and Gmail recently, just to test the competition. But felt they were nowhere near as good as

  • marco Says:

    You seem to have totally missed the point regarding drive space !! What will I do with 1 TB (Yahoo) if my email attachments are limited to 25 MB each ?? Gmail's 15 GB are much more useful than Yahoo's ridiculous 1 TB !!

  • Oliver Says:

    I think native Gmail app works well.Here is some working solution to get Gmail push notification on platforms other than iPhone, such as Windows, Mac, and Android. Maybe you will be interested to take a look: 1. Chrome & Firefox & Safari under Windos & Mac 2. Gmail App under Android & iOS & Windows 3. Aura, a notification tool under Mac 4. EVO Collaborator for Outlook under Windows Outlook 5. Gmail Notifier Pro under Windows 6 Checker Plus for Gmail, a Chrome extension able to notify even when Chrome is closed! 7. MailTab for Gmail under OS X 8. Windows 10's Mail app along with Notification and Action feature.

  • Benjamin Says:

    I've used Yahoo for 15 years. Lately it has been slow, sluggish and locks up for minutes at a time. I'm looking for another provider.

  • Pete Puk Says:

    Just try Yandex....I'll promise you never look back to Gmail or Yahoo..!! And NO ads in the webmailer..!! And unlimited storage. yes.

  • Kevin Says:

    And guesss what... now you can have Google account using aol email

  • Kevin Says:

    I still used AOL, because I like short e-mail address, just 3 chars on its domain: AOL.

  • Niko Bellic Says:

    i want to change to gmail ... but i'm afraid that i lose contact with my cousin roman

  • yahoo suck Says:

    what's the point of using other that gmail ? you get a lot of stuff in gmail ..duhh .. youtube , google drive , gmail and playstore ...

  • asdasd Says:

    i use yahoo because i'm stuck with it , i want to change all the stuff like fb twitter and all the shit i sub to gmail but i don't want to forget stuff and lose all my shit .. so yeah

  • Dareal Says:

    here is my opinion.

    GMAIL scans to serve “context based” ads, and if that bothers you, then you need something else. NB. the Google lineup is on a single account, so if you use Google+, Youtube login, Android (PLAY) Store or any other Google property, you probably already have a GMAIL account.

    The “big dogs” are GMAIL, Live/Hotmail/, Yahoo mail (wouldn’t recommend, as the response to leaks / compromise has been very weak),

    now im using BulletMail its a brand new site. its clean and easy to find what you looking for. you will have 1GB space for your mail witch is far enough to a regular user. the registratio is quick and easy. when im registering somewhere
    in most cases i need to check my emails for activation link. on the other services some times its takes a DAY to get it. here i get it IMMEDIATELY!and the most important, they use HTTPS for maximum security.

    if you want to check it out. here is the link.

  • Paul Fiterau Says:

    I have used 2 yahoo email addresses for the past 9 years. What I can tell you is the situation has been getting worse and worse. It takes a heck'of a long time to save drafts, the interface is slow, spam is not well filtered.

    Given that the company is in decline, I would not choose them if I were a user looking to make an email account. I cannot switch because too many things are currently tied to this account but will do so once that's no longer the case.

    The best mail client in my experience is Thunderbird. What's nice about it is that it unifies the interfaces you have from all your mail accounts. Plus, you can set the intervals at which it can poll the servers for new email. It truly is a wonderful piece of software.

  • AlexV Says:

    I read all the dumb comments here and everyone is crying about gmail. If you don't like gmail you can just migrate to another email service like fake yahoo one of the worst email services ever made. gmail gives you advantages to use email and youtube services that should be enough for you noobs to stop crying.

  • Erzayev Says:

    Google just blocked by mail without explaining replies back - and only after 1 month I get an answer from another persons who even not working with Google and just helping peoples to contact with Google Support that all my content which I trusted only to GDrive and all my emails and contacts, all my apps which I bought for android just disappeared because of Google's caprice...Just suggesting you to forget about this service...
    I'm going to transfer all mails from another gmail acc to yahoo...Arrivederci GOOGLE

  • Mark A Says:

    Outlook is fantastic at weeding out spam! You can create aliases (so like, etc) which means you can create an alias for every website and if you start getting spam you can A) Delete that alias and B) You know who sent it!

  • Rachel Says:

    I contacted Gmail help center about a dozen times in the past 5 years seeking solutions to various problems and never got a reply. Gmail is unreliable and log-in process is too complex when using different gadgets to access. Unfortunately, it keeps getting worse. I rarely experience problems with Yahoo mail.

  • Adam Y Says:

    Gmail is quirky and complicated. When I tried to set up gmail in my iPAD via mail setting, Gmail advised me that it is not compatible and that I needed to download some other software made by Google. When I tried to set up gmail on my iPhone, a message came up saying, "there seems something different about the way you are accessing gmail; you need a verification code we can send to your phone". This was after I had already entered correct password. This happened even when I set the 2-step verification process to OFF. Basically, this is Google's hardball tactic of securing my phone number. This is how they gain control over people's lives and we are supposed to trust they will not misuse this personal information. I never have this kind of nuisance with Yahoo Mail. So, for me also, for sheer simplicity and accessibility, Yahoo mail beats gmail hands down.

  • Brian Says:

    Gmail totally sucks because it is difficult to access when traveling. The stupid program assumes somebody is trying to hack into my account whenever I try to access it in a different location or on a different computer or phone. It also automatically redirects incoming messages to various folders without me knowing it did so. I gmail only when I have to give to businesses that are likely to keep sending promotional messages. The only area when Gmail beats Yahoo mail is in its ability to filter spam. But then, you miss getting important messages now and then. I find Yahoo mail simple to use, reliable and not prone to tricks. So, when I have an important communication, I rely on Yahoo mail.

  • Mike Rei Says:

    I have had Yahoo for sooooo many years. It pains me to leave them, but they have become so very unreliable the last 1-2 years. I can wait from 4 to 24 hours to receive an important email sent to me. This is not acceptable at any level. I am now awaiting an urgent shipping label from my son. It has been 12 hours now. I just called and asked him to resend it to my Outlook/Hotmail account. It arrived in several seconds. This happens all the time with Yahoo. If I can't depend on Yahoo as a reliable primary mail service, for critical emails, then I am forced to dump them, FINALLY.

  • Sifelani Ncube Says:

    I just can't figure out what Yahoo is trying to do, but yahoo mail has become so disfunctional and probably the most frustrating thing that I have to put up with in my life now that I signed up almost 20 years ago. Then it was great, but now..

  • Diamond1990 Says:

    Gmail all the way! Yahoo Mail's design is messy, it is gard to figure out what's what, when I had an account there I often received spam and random emails from unknown users, and then my email was even hacked. Also, Yahoo's customer service is totally incompetent. So, I only use Gmail!

  • maurizio Says:

    Unfortunately this article does not test RELIABILITY. I've been using outlook for more than four years because it allowed me to have the email address I wanted. However, there were countless times in which I could no longer find emails that I had received, some really important, many times you type a contact name and it does not din it, you try again and the name shows, it syncs really badly with BEHOLD, outlook on your computer! and if you try to forward your emails to another account, you get an annoying banner saying your email is being forwarded to another account, every time you log in. Microsoft's interface is nice and clean, reason also that I do not use the super counter intuitive gmail, but Microsoft's tradition of creating faulty software, alas is inbuilt in its email service.

    because of it, I'm switching to Yahoo.

  • Patrick Says:

    If you are looking to delete blocks of email at one time you should have a look at Turing Email; they have a nice feature called Inbox Cleaner, may be useful @Jack. Also a much better interface than the others out there

  • Carin Says:

    I honestly must recommend so far to date, . This is because I have opened and been using two outlook accounts (free), for six months now, and have not had ANY problems or complaints. Not ads, not with trouble signing in, or the email service itself. In addition, it's user friendly, allows decent storage free, and even an online free word processor (notes)- I love it actually. Highly preferred over yahoo,and even gmail for that matter. Try it.

  • Tom Says:

    A well written post on free email services, I have found that paying for email service is usually worth it for the added features you get. I used to use gmail and outlook but find thexyz much more powerful and includes all the features I need for email.

  • rsas Says:

    The latest Yahoo email is the biggest fail I've personally experienced. Its conversation globbing makes some responses impossible (try responding to an email after forwarding it to someone else) and finding specific emails harder than any other tool I've ever used. As an almost 20 year Yahoo user I'm done and moving on. At least when Outlook implemented this style they made it easy to turn off.

  • Joe Says:

    The ONE terabit storage does it for me. Yahoo all the way. But then...I have the exact same email address for gmail, yahoo, outlook and AOL.

  • Julia Says:

    Oh, and I forgot to say, when the .ca email account bounces, send it to .com and it will work. However, I need to sign in to Yahoo using my .ca account. Go figure ,

  • Julia Says:

    Yahoo has changed many .ca email extensions to .com without notice on Dec. 22, 2014. To date, Jan 1, 2015 it has not been fixed, nor are they publishing a time line for restoration. Reliability and customer service is zero points. Am reviewing this article, because I am saying Goodbye to Yahoo. Buyer beware!

  • Crystal Says:

    Yahoo used to offer tabs to view various emails at one time.
    With the new Yahoo - if you are composing a new message, you must save it as a draft and close it if you want to double check a previous email. Annoying, but even more annoying is waiting the whole 2 min for the draft save option to appear.

    Oh, that and Yahoo mail is quite often down or experiencing "Technical Difficulties" since they upgraded to the new Yahoo.

  • Dolores Schaefer Says:

    I do not agree with the rating you give gmail. I left Yahoo because of "fly by emails" and now I find gmail emails don't remain available to read. They disappear rapidly.

  • jnt Says:

    Yahoo also offers a pay option to remove ads. I wish Gmail did...

  • The Oracle Says:

    Most (certainly Yahoo/Outlook) allow multiple selection of e-mails for actions such as using shift-click or control-click, or ticking of boxes on the left for all/selected e-mails viewable. GMail offers "all" if one page is selected.

  • Jack Says:

    one feature I would like to see in an email program is the ability to delete blocks of mail at one time rather than choosing them 1 at a time then deleting them/or else I don't understand how to do that...any clues?

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