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Compare Outlook.com

Compare Outlook.com to other leading personal email services to see how it stacks up against the competition.

Key:

  • Outlook.com keeps spam in your inbox at less than 3%. Outlook.com
  • Gmail keeps spam in your inbox at less than 3%. Gmail
  • Yahoo Mail keeps spam in your inbox at less than 3%. Yahoo!

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Keeps spam in your inbox at less than 3% Outlook.com keeps spam in your inbox at less than 3%. Gmail keeps spam in your inbox at less than 3%. Yahoo Mail keeps spam in your inbox at less than 3%.
SSL turned on by default Outlook.com has SSL turned on by default. Gmail has SSL turned on by default. Yahoo Mail has SSL turned on by default.
Doesn't serve targeted ads based on email contents Outlook.com doesn't serve targeted ads based on email contents.

Modern inbox

Modern inbox

Share, view, and edit Microsoft Word docs or Excel spreadsheets using Office Online Outlook.com can share, view, and edit Microsoft Word docs or Excel spreadsheets using Office Online.
Organize emails by conversation (optional) Outlook.com can organize emails by conversation (optional). Gmail can organize emails by conversation (optional). Yahoo Mail can organize emails by conversation (optional).
Reading pane (optional) Outlook.com has an optional reading pane. Gmail has an optional reading pane. Yahoo Mail has an optional reading pane.
Send mail from other email accounts Outlook.com can send mail from other email accounts. Gmail can send mail from other email accounts. Yahoo Mail can send mail from other email accounts.
One click mark as read Outlook.com can do one click mark as read.

Organizational tools

Organizational tools

Create aliases—additional addresses that link to your inbox Outlook.com can create aliases—additional addresses that link to your inbox. Yahoo Mail can create aliases—additional addresses that link to your inbox.
Organize inbox by custom categories, folders, or both Outlook.com can organize inbox by custom categories, folders, or both. Yahoo Mail can organize inbox by custom categories, folders, or both.
Auto-categorize newsletters Outlook.com can auto-categorize newsletters. Auto-categorizing newsletters is only available on Gmail with app/Labs plugin.1 Auto-categorizing newsletters is only available on Yahoo Mail with app/Labs plugin.1
Flag important messages to the top of your inbox Outlook.com can flag important messages to the top of your inbox. Gmail can flag important messages to the top of your inbox. Yahoo Mail can flag important messages to the top of your inbox.
Create time-based rules, such as "delete after 10 days" Outlook.com can create time-based rules, such as 'delete after 10 days'.
Built-in search Outlook.com has built-in search. Gmail has built-in search. Yahoo Mail has built-in search.

Mobile access

Mobile access

Mobile access on major phones Outlook.com has mobile access on major phones. Gmail has mobile access on major phones. Yahoo Mail has mobile access on major phones.
Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) Outlook.com has Exchange ActiveSync (EAS). Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) is only available with Google for Work on Gmail.2
POP aggregation Outlook.com has POP aggregation. Gmail has POP aggregation. Yahoo Mail has POP aggregation.
IMAP Outlook.com has IMAP Gmail has IMAP Yahoo Mail has IMAP

People

People

Connect to Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Google, and LinkedIn Outlook.com can connect to Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Google, and LinkedIn.
Chat with or make a video call to Skype friends With Outlook.com you can chat with or make a video call to Skype friends.
Chat with Facebook friends With Outlook.com you can chat with Facebook friends. With Yahoo Mail you can chat with Facebook friends.
Chat with Google friends With Outlook.com you can chat with Google friends. With Gmail you can chat with Google friends.

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Black outlined checkmark2 Only available with Google for Work