New Gmail Feature is Hoping to Steal Users From Hotmail, Yahoo, and AOL

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Ayrton

I have had several Gmail accounts since the early beta, but frankly I never found any version worth switching evertything over.

 I use Yahoo/Thunderbird currently, and see no reason to change.

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geodescent

One reason I stay with Yahoo is the Yahoo Sync tool. I use a Dell Axim PDA and sync it with Outlook, which Yahoo Sync in turn syncs to Yahoo, so that all my must-have data follows me wherever I need to be, and I can update it wherever I am. Until GMail has something like that, I will not make the switch.

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Terabit

 I've been using Gmail ever since it's closed beta thing where you had to be invited by someone to use it. And I've never usd another service, (besides having to make a Yahoo account to use Yahoo Answers). Gmail has great customizing options, lots of awesome themes, tons of apps from Google Labs, and it has a very responsive and seamless interface! It's the ultimate email.

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smashingpumpin

Call me biased, but not till Google incorporates a more friendly news layout on Gmail will I stop using Yahoo mail altogether. For those of you who are still on Yahoo classic mail, do yourself a favor and upgrade the darn thing already! I just love how you could easily browse the news in a neat layout which no one does better than Yahoo. Also a plus is its integrated Yahoo messenger and your local weather right up top.

Despite of everything else, I do use Gmail for my no non-sense, boring stuff such as transactions etc. Though with the recent exploits, hacks from Gmail and some Google apps turning up, it does makes me feel kind of nervous. Gmail nonetheless has a superior way of filtering spam compared to every one elses (major, free email hostings anyways). I've had zero annoying "enlargement pills" offerings, benefeciary scams from Africa, and my favorite, bogus lotteries you've won without you ever buying a ticket of, ever since i've set the filters up!

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he's pwning with a trackpad? oh really? oh reheheheeally?

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demosthenes

I'm not 100% sure why you require a friendly news layout for your email service, as those are distictly separate for me, but to each their own.

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smashingpumpin

What can I say... I guess I like reading the news (gulp, a sign of getting old and/or perhaps not enough personal emails lol) Honestly, I'm just too lazy to do just one click under "more" on Gmail to get to news. YahooM however has its "top news" and local weather without opening on another tab which I like coz I just glance at the major headlines and click which ones I'd like to read.

On a major note, YahooM has a nifty feature of resizing columns, layouts and whatnot for awesome screen real estate management. Now that's one finicky layout feature I don't want excluded. 

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he's pwning with a trackpad? oh really? oh reheheheeally?

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lhatten

I use gmail, but it is not my favorite.  I made a decision a couple of years ago to go with an internet email as every time I turned around, my ISP was changing.  I already had an email account with Yahoo that was a throw away account, so I opened an account with gmail.  I like the spam filter in gmail, but really don't like the idea of handling mail as "conversations".  I expect that some  people do carry on email as conversations, but in most cases I do not.  It is confusing when I see a previously deleted (to trash) email appear because someone answered an old email.  The other thing I don't like is the handling of embedded pictures.  Quite often they all come out at the bottom, with a place marker in the text for the picture.  So as a solution, I use Thunderbird as my email client and get my email from gmail.  Of course, gmail has a problem with this if I want to get the mail for more than 1 computer (say a laptop and a desk top).  The first time you get the mail, it is OK, but if you try from a different computer, gmail says there are no new emails, even though you have set the email client to not delete email on the server, and the email is not been deleted from the inbox.  The work around is download to the first computer, then change the gmail setting to download all email, (even mail that's already been downloaded) and then download to the second computer.  You must delete to trash all emails after this in gmail so you don't duplicate emails.  This works, but it would be so much easier if gmail would leave the email as available as long as it has not been removed from the inbox.

 

Lyle B. Hatten

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Vadi

And good! As someone who regularly sends out emails, I'm tired of their crappy spam-detection and slow delivery. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't - but it always does on gmail so far.

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Lazar

what benefits does gmail have over hotmail?

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demosthenes

 The main advantages would probably be the ability to search your email effectively and actually having a spam filter that filters spam.  Built in live chat with video is also a plus in my book.  Customizable filters, free pop3/imap integration... I'll post more as I think of them.

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Cache

The gmail labs have a variety of applications for gmail well above and beyond the usual stuff about 'changing your backgrounds' and so on.  It's also tightly integrated with Google calendar which is an invaluable tool for my wife and I, as we can see what the other is doing at any given time (and even receive that helpful notification that certain childcare bills need to be paid). 

Frankly, you couldn't pay me to give up all the advantages I have with gmail, espcially with the configurations and addons they provide.

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brainwins

You meant hotmail over gmail, right?... right?

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Lazar

no

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dreamsburnred

 Guess I'm one of those switchers. I've had gmail since sept 2008, but never used it due to windows live mail (desktop).

I still don't have the import on my email, but hotmail can be pop'ed now. So I'm fine till it hits my account :).

I have to admit I like the mail cilent over gmail but gmail has better emotions, better spam prevention, and if my computer goes down no hunting for backuped RSS's.

DBR

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Cache

I use gmail, but I have a *very* outdated Yahoo email that I only keep open because of a grandmother who has no idea how to change her email for me.  She's 92 years old, so maintaining this one email is hardly a problem for me--but I use a firefox addon to notify me when there's new mail in either account.  That's where my POP mail always failed me--I'd have to leave it open, and monitor it, it was always filled with spam no matter how many spam filters I'd set up.  Never a problem with gmail--never.

Heck, I use a variation of my gmail name just to hold files that I like to swap around between work and home (adding a '.files' at the end of my normal username means I'm less apt to forget it!).

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Jstrick9

I've had gmail since it was released and have used it ever since, always loved it.

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