I don’t know how long email has been around but a lot has changed since i’ve started using it. From desktop to laptop and from smartphone to tablet: email use has changed. Litmus has released an infographic back in 2011 highlighting these changes. Funny to see that most people preferred Outlook over Gmail back in the days.
Important conclusions from the research:
Strong rise of email use on mobile phones.
Less people use webmail
Outlook has a strong position in the email market (37%), followed by Hotmail (11%) and Yahoo (10%).
There are many different web-based email services on the Internet, many of which are also free to use. In order to find the one that best fits you, you’ll have to think about the types of features that you’re looking for in a webmail service. Do you want something that’s more secure to keep all eyes off of your data? Or do you want to have some entertainment beyond messaging contacts in your address book? Below are some things to consider.
Basic or Bells and Whistles?
Some individuals don’t care much for a plethora of options in a webmail service. There’s too much to learn or there are a ton of options that they won’t ever use. For whatever reason these individuals prefer to use a more basic email service (such as Borderemail). Yet for those who prefer to have a multitude of options for sending attachments or implementing more than just simple HTML they turn to free webmail services such as round cube which offers everything from the latest skins to utilizing open-source libraries like PEAR.
Security Vs Charity
There are not too many webmail services out there that focus on safety as a priority. Some do donate a portion of their proceeds to charity (such as care2.com), while others tend to focus on the safety of sending and receiving documents and such. One such example is bluebottle.com where users have a strong guard against SPAM by only accepting messages from “trusted” individuals. Another example is Hushmail, where users are only allowed to send encrypted messages or use an encrypted document storage feature.
If playing games are important, other premium webmail services that also provide this service are Zilladog and Yahoo, which will allow users to explore more than just simply sending and receiving messages to individuals in their address book. With decent security and pleasant distractions, waiting for that important email won’t be so bad.