Yahoo Mail’s makeover gives it the webmail edge

Scott dunn By Scott Dunn

As free Web-based e-mail services get better and better, you may soon be able to leave your desktop e-mail apps behind.

But which of the Big Three webmail services — Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo Mail — has the features that meet your needs?

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When it comes to Web-based e-mail, we’ve got an abundance of choices. Still, most of us use Google’s Gmail, Microsoft’s Hotmail, or Yahoo Mail.

Recent enhancements to Yahoo Mail give that service most of the best features of Outlook and other desktop e-mail programs. This puts Yahoo Mail a notch or two ahead of both Gmail and Hotmail, though those two services are far from slouches.

All three of the services I tested get your e-mail account running quickly. Signing up requires only some basic information such as your preferred e-mail address, an alternate (existing) e-mail address, your name, and your country of residence.

Hotmail also asks for the state or province you live in, the postal code, and your birth year. Yahoo wants to know your birthday (day, month, and year) and postal code.

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