Ask dotTechies: What e-mail service (Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) do you use the most?

E-mail is, undoubtedly, one of the most popular, if not the most popular, medium for communication today. So, I am curious, what e-mail service do dotTechies mainly use? Now I know many people have multiple e-mails from many different e-mail services. Please select the service that you use for your main e-mail; the e-mail you check the most often:

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If you have any thoughts on this topic, feel free to share them below. However please, please no one post their actual e-mail in the comments for everyone to see.

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  • Ashraf

    @Samuel: Um. Sure I guess. I do accept the fact that I don’t use Outlook even close to its full potential.

  • @Ashraf: So in that case its more how you use Outlook and the web client then a problem with how they work.

  • Ashraf

    @Samuel: If I connected multiple e-mail addresses to the same webmail inbox, yes. But I don’t for the most part. The only one that I do I can reply from without fear because of how the receiving server recognizes my e-mail.

  • @Ashraf: But you could have that problem on the web client too :S

  • Ashraf

    @Samuel: That is how I do it for the e-mails I do use with Outlook.

    The only real fear I have with Outlook is I may accidentally reply with the wrong e-mail once in a while and that can be bad.

  • @Ashraf: I use to, but the problem was I had too many emails. With web clients I can only have so many filters and only so many folders, and I can’t put folders in folders. In Outlook I can, so I decided to use Outlook, though I don’t have it delete emails from the server so I can check them from the web client.

  • Ashraf

    @Samuel: I would do the same but I find webmail to be more convenient than Outlook.

  • @Ashraf: I rarly get smap on Hotmail. The opening in a new window problem I agree could be anoying but I use Outlook, so no problem there.

  • Ashraf

    @Samuel: Yahoo was my first but I quickly changed after the huge amount of spam it got.

    The only real problem I have with Hotmail now is that it won’t let me open e-mails in new windows cause of JavaScript.

  • @Ashraf: Same for me, but it was my first. (in fact alot of my email accounts are hotmail, but that because they’re from MS Small Business)

  • Ashraf

    @Samuel: Figures =P. To be honest I also voted for Hotmail because, well, Hotmail was the second e-mail service I used and I just can’t get rid of that e-mail address – it is too important.

  • @Ashraf: Yup! (I’m an MS kind of guy :D)

  • Ashraf

    @Samuel: I am guessing you use… Hotmail? =D.

    @Bug?: It was not just you but it seems to be back at 0% now =P.

  • Bug?

    Is it just me or is the receiving a negative percentage?

  • I find it interesting that both here and on the browser poll I use the least used of the big ones.

  • Ashraf

    Many people are mentioning Gmail as a backup tool. Interesting way to use Gmail; I may try it some time.

    @a simple happy man: Isn’t SignupShield a commercial product? Otherwise it seems very handy.

    @Adrian: Oh. Em. Gee. Yahoo is king of spam.

  • I love Yahoo Mail because of it’s shift-and-ctrl selecting abilities and drag-n’-drop email organization. I been using it since, ahh…, 6 years ago.

  • a simple happy man

    Hi Ashraf and everyone

    I have an email account with all the big providers and one with SignupShield that creates disposable email addresses tailored to wherever I am using it for example “”

    I know they’re a bit long but if I am spammed because they have sold or given away my email address at least then I can prove irrefutably that that organisation passed on my email when they promised not too. And then I can block that address thro’ SignupShield

    I have all my email accounts configured to be collected and brought to my pc by IncrediMail which is the best possible email platform to use for those of us like me who are not very artistically creative and they provide stunning email stationary and 3D effects.

  • bjm98765

    yes hotmail does support POP.

  • Pseudo

    I use about gmail (for most of) and have it forwarded to my mail account.

    That gives me an auto backup if I ever need it.

  • jumbi

    All fans of gmail, checkout gmail Labs!
    You will find great possibilities.

    Gmail was the first online email with successful spam filtering. I switched to gmail some years ago when I got fed up from spam in yahoo and hotmail… I dont know how they deal now with spam.
    Also it was the first from these 3 big companies that offered free pop access. At that day both microsoft and yahoo were selling pop access with subscription fees…

    Also gmail can be connected with other useful google services like googleapps, googledocs, etc…
    (for example sharing online doc or excel files with friends collegues etc is very easy, but they need a google account as well)

    Conclusion: GMAIL.

  • Grant

    I use my ISP email with T-Bird for my ‘more important’ email needs, and use gmail for less important things, like throw away registration addys for GOTD offers, etc…

  • Rowdy

    Gmail via Thunderbird. I like the features better than straight gmail but like the online accessibility of gmail. I also use AOL and Yahoo but much less frequently.

  • Mags

    @Ed: I was also a Netscape fan but once AOL took it over it just wasn’t the same. I’ve never trusted IE and never will! I’ve also never trusted hotmail and also don’t trust live since it is just another version of hotmail.

  • Mags

    I’m currently using fastmail for online use. I was fortunate enough to open a free account years ago before they stopped offering it (due to abuse by some.) Those that didn’t abuse their accounts were allowed to keep their free service.

    I also use my ISP and one that I created for my business.

  • Ed

    @#14: funny someone would trust Microsoft instead of Google. Let’s see: Microsoft did not think it needed to allow more storage space for Hotmail until Gmail came along. Nor did they think they needed to create a safer browser until Firefox came along. We had a great browser called Netscape, eons ago, that Microsoft killed using unfair competition practices. Ah yes, and who can forget those billions in fines and violation of antitrust laws in Europe and the US and the launching of Vista, which took close to seven years to develop?
    Gmail gets my vote by far: none of them are perfect, and web-based versus computer-based never eliminate the inherent risks. When you use more than one computer (like I do) web-based is a Godsend, and Gmail is it.

  • Pete

    I use hotmail because I’ve got loads of space (25 gigs to be exact) for all my emails and for file sharing.

    They’ve also made some nice software like Windows Live Mail and of course Windows Live Messenger. Third, and biggest reason, is because I trust Microsoft more than Google.

    Google has loads of nice software, like Google Desktop (but it’s a little bloated with features that has nothing to do with searching) and Google Chrome, but I simply don’t trust them enough.

  • Lullu

    I use Gmail for my social activities (therefore I use it the most) and Yahoo for business/online shopping.

  • someone

    Hotmail is the best!

  • Alec

    GMAIL 3.4 GB of 7.5 GB allowed. All email auto-forwarded tp my ISP POP3 account and read with Thunderbird (various extensions installed for ease of use)

    What could be better :-)

  • Rob

    An interesting companion survey might be why do people NOT use their own ISP’s email service.
    I have used Gmail, a few times because it allowed larger attachments (greater than 10 MB).
    And I tell my friends to send emails to my Gmail if they have largish attachments(say 5MB), because my flippin ISP starts rejecting my emails when I have more than 10 MB unread (AGH!).
    I can understand a 2nd reason for NOT using your ISP – You like to access your emails from different PC’s (Work or Internet cafe, or friends)
    Apart from those reasons, I think it extremely strange that so many people do not use their ISP for their main email.

    PS I thought of a valid 3rd reason – some of you like to keep changing your ISP

  • ZionPercona

    I use Windows Live, and all the stuff that comes with it.
    I used to use AOL, then switched to Windows Live (still MSN back then), upon recommendation.
    I’m not really a big GMail fan (I have one, mostly for spam, and “Oh we don’t accept Windows Live addresses” moments”), but most of my friends email me via my Windows Live address, which kind of keeps me from switching. (I’m also signed up here via Windows Live)

    POP3 is available to the paid version of Yahoo Mail…

  • @Steelers6
    Yes email does need to be pop3 Oddly enough does have pop3 whereas doesn’t I suspect yahoo is more popular in Australia because of that

  • Mr.J

    I mainly use Gmail for most of anything now, cause my Yahoo! Mail account was linked to the “dark ages” of my life :D.
    But I check both of them everyday, because I use Thunderbird as my email client, with both accounts set up (with tons of filters).

  • J. L.

    Hotmail, because it’s the only one I knew about back then. I use it actively for everything.

    I use Gmail as well, for storage, trusted communication, and backup.

  • Steelers6

    Outlook 2007 comes with the job. I actually like it, I don’t have to go fetching thru the web to read my e-mail. But I also have a Gmail account because it is POP3 enabled.

    I can forward outlok to gmail and gmail to outlook,so I get my messages wherever I am. Not a bad mix. Too bad Yahoo isn’t POP3. I also get a windows live account for free from ISP and it syncs to my outlook and gmail. So I have difeerent e-mails I can use all of the time.

    Vidimo Se!

  • Ashraf

    @Locutus: Doesn’t Hotmail allow the same thing? However I do suspect Gmail will win.

  • Gmail FTW. It allows you to add all your accounts in one place (if they support POP3).

  • Ashraf

    @Johnny: I like Google Apps. I use it with some of my domains and it makes e-mailing very convenient.


  • Johnny

    I voted an e-mail I created on my own.
    I mostly use Google Apps with my own domain for e-mail.
    I also have accounts at most of the other places, as I am an e-mail junkie.
    Nice poll Ashraf.