There are literally hundreds of e-mail program options for computer users. Most people flock to the ones that are the best known, like gmail and Microsoft Outlook, but others use e-mail programs that are virtually unknown, or are at least flying well under most computer user radars. The best thing about e-mail programs is that they do not seem like they are going anywhere. They have been around since the dawn of the internet, and really have not changed that much- at least in its basic form.
Gmail: The behemoth of the e-mail universe
For reasons mostly unknown, gmail has become the most popular e-mail program out there. It has virtually destroyed most competitiors because it is:
1. Easy to use
5. Offers tons of great features
Indeed, Gmail has stood heads and shoulders above all other e-mail providers. There was a time when Yahoo!, AOL and Hotmail had the market cornered, but gmail- with the use of a heavy ad campaign and word of mouth- has taken center stage. Google is constantly adding upgrades to gmail, so now it is not only an e-mail program, but also a social networking site, a search engine, a Microsoft Word-like program and a million other things. There is seemingly no end to the possibilities that Gmail provides, and this is why it is the most dominant and prominent e-mail program currently on the internet.
Microsoft Outlook: The oldie, but goodie
Microsoft Outlook has been around for ages, and if you have ever owned a computer with Microsoft Office installed on it (who hasn’t?) then you have had Microsoft Outlook, whether you realized it or not- and that is the problem with Outlook, most people do not use it because it seems like too much of a hassle, or they do not realize they even have it in the first place. Yet, it is still very popular especially amongst the business crowd, who do not let a good thing go to waste. Unlike, Gmail, Microsoft Outlook is not free. Most personal computers do come with a trial version, but it does not have all the bells and whistles that the full version has.
Apple Mail: From the mind of Steve Jobs
Apple Mail, like Microsoft Outlook, comes installed on most computers that run the Mac system. The e-mail program, like Gmail, is entirely free to use, as well. There are not many bells and whistles associated with Apple Mail, rather it sticks to the “if it works, don’t touch it” method that has become one of Apple’s catchphrases these days. The greatest thing about Apple Mail is its simplicity and lack of ornamentation to spruce it up. It does exactly what it was meant to.
Thunderbird: The dark horse
Thunderbird is an e-mail program that has largely gone unnoticed by the general public, but yet has a cult following of rabid fans. The reason for this is because Thunderbird is ran as part of Firefox, which was a beloved open-source internet browser. Thunderbird works as an open-source program as well.
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