Need A Free Google Apps Alternative? Use Gmail As Your Email Hub!

Google Apps

If you’re a blogger, freelancer or an Internet entrepreneur then you need your own custom email address, right? Because sooner or later you’ll feel embarrassed to show your,,, or email address to the public. So the usual option is to sign up for a domain name and a web hosting plan and then use an email client like Outlook Express to access email. But that sucks!

And then Microsoft introduced Windows Live Custom Domains back in 2005 and later in 2006 Google introduced Gmail For Your Domain (now known as Google Apps). A free Google Apps account was the perfect solution since we got a Gmail like experience for our custom email accounts. And I was super excited when I was able to host my email in the Google cloud.

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I Wonder Why Yahoo! Mail Plus ($19.99/year) Still Exists

Yahoo! Mail Plus

I really wonder why Yahoo! Mail still offers their paid e-mail service dubbed as "Yahoo! Mail Plus". Yahoo! Mail Plus may have been useful for those power e-mail users in the pre-Gmail era when our free storage was just 2 MB (Hotmail). But why today?

Yahoo! still says upgrade your account now and “Get a whole year for $19.99—that’s less than $2/month!”. Oh, seriously?

Now what extra features do we get with the paid plan? No graphical ads, disposable e-mail addresses, up to 200 e-mail filters, no account expiration, e-mail forwarding, and POP access.

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Gmail vs. Cloud: Here’s Why I Still Use Gmail As A Cloud Storage

It’s not a secret that a Gmail user turns into a Gmail addict very soon. I was very much obsessed with Gmail the past 8 years or so but finally managed to switch to (the new Hotmail) last year.

Gmail by Google

I love because of its fresh, clean and intuitive interface but I miss several powerful features offered by Gmail. The first one being the "Search". So today I’m going to focus on Gmail search and going to tell you why I love Gmail search.

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My 18 Suggestions To Microsoft, Are You Listening?

I was obsessed with Google and Gmail was my e-mail hub even as a Microsoft fanatic. But with the launch of Windows 8 things have changed as I finally migrated to more Microsoft services (, OneNote, SkyDrive, etc.) from Google (Gmail, Notebook, Google Drive, etc.). And now I really love my Inbox (thanks to Windows Live Admin Center).

Today, the only thing by Google that I really use is the Google search apart from their tools and products (AdSense, AdWords, Analytics, Webmaster Tools, etc.) for marketers and webmasters.

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Gmail vs. vs. Yahoo! Mail: An Ultimate Comparison vs. Gmail vs. Yahoo! Mail

Dear Microsoft, there’s no doubt that (previously Windows Live Hotmail, Microsoft Hotmail) is cooler than Gmail or Yahoo! Mail. But you know what? Gmail (or Google Mail) is way ahead of any other e-mail service when it comes to productivity. I’m using Gmail ever since they launched as an invite-only beta release and it’s Gmail and not Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail that redefined the way I use an e-mail service.

That said, as a Microsoft fanatic I finally migrated to from Gmail last year even though I was aware that I’m not going to get all the features I enjoy from Google Mail. But that migration was part of my break-free from Google as I was too obsessed with Google products.

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The Google Alternatives: How To Break Free From Google’s Prison

Break Free

If you have already read the past few blog posts then you might have noticed that it’s all about Microsoft – Microsoft Office Outlook 2013, Hotmail, Gmail, etc. As I wrote earlier our digital life is usually about – Mail, Planner, Cloud, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, and Reminder. And then I listed the Top 25 iPhone Apps that help me to organize my digital life too.

Change, Welcome.

When I was done, Microsoft launched the next version of their flagship operating system – Windows 8. Again, it changed my digital life. By now you probably know I’m one of those Microsoft fanboy who is was obsessed with Google products and services.

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How To Use Google Reader From Within Microsoft Outlook 2013

Google Reader in Outlook

Google Reader is perhaps the best RSS feed reader out there that consolidates all of our RSS subscriptions. Microsoft Outlook comes with an inbuilt RSS Reader that downloads all your feed items to Outlook so that you can read your feeds offline since the data is now stored in your local disk.

Now, if you still want to rely on Google Reader (like me) then you can access your Google Reader feeds right from your Outlook. All you need to do is right-click the “RSS Feeds” folder in Outlook and click “Properties”.

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How To Link & Connect Outlook 2013 To Facebook, LinkedIn & More

Did you know, Outlook can now connect to social networks Facebook and LinkedIn like we do on Once you link your Facebook and LinkedIn account to Outlook it will then show your contacts’ social media updates within Outlook.

Read: 13 Hotmail (Now Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know

Outlook 2013's Facebook & LinkedIn Integration

What is Outlook Social Connector?

Outlook Social Connector lets you see profiles and updates and add new connections without leaving Office. Click on a contact’s name to see email and attachments he or she has sent you, meetings you have attended together, and their activities in social networks. You can also send this contact a request to become your connection in popular social networks.

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