GMail alternatives for business


2018. Zoho Mail gets Sticky notes, Email snippets



Email snippets in Zoho Mail now highlight your e-commerce based emails, if the emails have the correct schema format. So when you receive an email with the schema embedded, the email displayed to you will have dedicated icons placed in the mail listing and important details from the email highlighted in short. The developers also added sticky notes, to let you pin notes right to your mailbox, user profile enhancements for admin. The significant addition in Zoho Mail for Zoho CRM users: they can now choose default calendar to save your event invites.


2014. Outlook.com ads smart filters like in GMail. Zoho Mail increases free limit to 10 users



Leading small business email services continue to delight us with new features and free options. Today Microsoft has released a major update to Outlook.com. The main new feature is smart filters that can automatically sort new emails or perform operations with them depending on different parameters. It allows even to build filters that you can't set in GMail. For example, you can set a rule that if the message is not read within 3 days, it's automatically moved to some folder. Besides you can now reply in-line to emails, remove the need to shunt to a new view to do so. Meanwhile the main Outlook.com and GMail competitor - Zoho Mail increased its free limit to 10 users. You may say that GMail and Outlook - are completely free. But it's not exactly true. Personal versions - are really free. But the business versions, which provide similar features with Zoho Mail (like own domain, admin panel) and are included in Google Apps and Office 365 respectively - cost from $5/month per user.


2013. GMail, Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail and Zoho Mail: small business email news



Over the past few days the number of interesting news came from the most popular email services for small business - GMail, Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail and Zoho Mail. First of all, last week Yahoo Mail together with website-hosting Yahoo Small Business was down for several days, and of course left a lot of small business customers mad as hornets. Now many of them are going to move to another service. And Microsoft (shortly before this event) decided to entice users from GMail and Yahoo. But, unfortunately , they began with GMail and now can't fully seize the moment. However, their new tool for importing emails and contacts from GMail to Outlook.com is already working. Google meanwhile continues to add new features to its GMail. In particular now you can download all your emails archive from Google's server to your computer. Of course it will make security-lovers happy. Besides, GMail now can safely display images in the messages. Previously, you had to click the link to view images in each message, because they were loaded from remote servers and could violate your privacy. Now GMail copies all images to its own servers and displays them by default. Zoho also made the big step forward in terms of security - added SMS-authorization. Zoho services (Email, Calendar, Docs and other apps) are perhaps better then the similar products from Microsoft and Google in terms of functionality, but Zoho lacks the reputation of the super-reliable provider as these two giants. Therefore, this two-factor authentication can greatly improve the confidence of business users to Zoho.


2012. GMail integrates with Google Drive, Outlook.com comes to Android



Competition - is good for customers. When competition is strong, vendors stop being lazy and even forget about their political principles. And we've got the very interesting competition here: GMail vs Outlook.com. Microsoft recently turned its "mail for blondes" Hotmail into a solid and practical Outlook.com and now (as Microsoft says) it entices GMail users every day. Outlook.com advantages over GMail (according to Microsoft) are better spam protection and cleaner design. And different GMail features (discussion threads, hotkeys, themes ...) are gradually coming to Outlook.com. Today Outlook.com added an Android-application. Of course Android - is the competing platform, and so what? And Google has finally stopped being lazy and implemented integration between GMail and Google Drive. Now you can send files stored on your online drive via GMail. In particular, it allows you to quickly send files up to 10 GB. Perhaps the reason for this step was that Outlook.com can send large files via SkyDrive. However, in GMail's option has one drawback compared to Outlook.com: in order to download the file recipient must have a Google-account.