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Old 14 Feb 2018, 06:13 AM   #1
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The best email provider of 2018

http://www.techradar.com/news/best-email-provider

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Old 14 Feb 2018, 07:59 AM   #2
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The article is OK as far as it goes. I do agree that Gmail is probably the "best" for most people, but there are many reasons someone might want to choose another based on what is desired. Here in the USA Gmail is so popular and widely used that I find when telling someone my email address they often assume that the part after the @ is gmail. You have to be careful to catch that.
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Old 15 Feb 2018, 01:40 AM   #3
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With all respect but an article which puts YAHOO at number 3 should NOT being taken too seriously. But it is good to see ZOHO there.

my 2 cents.

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Old 15 Feb 2018, 03:34 PM   #4
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Old 18 Feb 2018, 10:46 PM   #5
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Quoting the article:

Zoho Workplace is a business-oriented email service which throws in an online office suite, document management, and a host of collaboration tools and other extras.

Zoho's free plan supports up to 25 users (there's an extra 25 available if you can refer others to the service), each with 5GB of mailbox storage, and can be used with one domain of your own. These are features you'll normally only find in commercial products, and when you factor in the spreadsheet, word processor, presentation and other tools, it looks like a real bargain.


I assume one can opt to not use those collaboration tools and only create 1 or 2 users for yourself?

Something that (maybe wrongfully) scares me off in email providers is when it is part of a package focussed on sharing. I'd be somewhat afraid of other people being able to access my emails once there's a lot of sharing options. I like the, admitted, old-fashioned idea of a mailbox being just there for emails and entirely private, while using other ways to share documents or calendars etc. (there's plenty of services for that, and you can even share documents by... sending them in an email as attachment)

Lots of services that are discussed on this forum and get good feedback seem to have a lot of extras on top of the email function. That scares me off a bit rather than coming across as a bonus. But then I'm used to good old webmail from the days Hotmail was still offering 2 MB inbox and you'd use separate tools to send a document to friends or colleagues... In email terms, I'm old fashioned
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Old 19 Feb 2018, 12:20 AM   #6
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IMHO sharing issues are not really a problem with Gmail and Google Drive stuff. I don't use it a lot, but it is occasionally very useful to be able to share a doc via Drive and have two parties be able to work on it and update in near realtime. However, there is no reason one has to use those sharing options if you don't want to. With Gmail or Outlook.com it is still perfectly possibly to just attach something to an email and do it that way.
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Old 19 Feb 2018, 04:13 AM   #7
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With Gmail or Outlook.com it is still perfectly possibly to just attach something to an email and do it that way.
What about Zoho?


PS: I never used any sharing devices with Google nor Outlook.com. If I have to share anything, I attach the files to an email. If too big for an email, I use WeTransfer.com.
If I'd use the office suite of an email provider to share things with others (as if your account is just a part of a bigger entity shared with others), I'd be anxious they'd be able to access my email too (I have anxiety disorder).
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Old 19 Feb 2018, 09:16 AM   #8
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I haven't used Zoho enough to comment, though I did try it briefly. I wasn't convinced their deliverability, security, and reliability are good enough for my everyday use. I do think they offer a lot for the money though. As far as I can tell with file sharing on Gmail and Outlook.com there is no danger of anyone being able to access your email--only the files you are sharing. I understand the anxiety disorder as I assist someone who suffers from this. I have gradually shifted him to mainly using Gmail and Google Docs for everything as it is very secure and unlikely to go down or have major problems, and having his documents instantly saved at all times without him having to do anything means he isn't worried about files getting lost. The next step will be to move him to a Chromebook, which will avoid anxiety about updates not happening, and many other security issues. Frankly, I think a Chromebook and Gmail are the best solution for 90% of ordinary people with ordinary needs, and avoid a huge number of problems while also costing less than just about any other solution.
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