For a brief moment I considered switching back to Gmail. However earlier this week, that email service suffered from a worldwide outage and then had a phishing attack in Gtalk after that.
I loaded up the Windows Live Mail client and set up Hotmail in it. I can't import any emails over 10MB in size. The "send as" function only works from within the web-based interface and not the client itself. You can't enable filters on the client side.
Yahoo Mail is a complete piece of crap because the web-based interface has advertisements that take up over HALF the screen. And you have to pay for POP access (you don't have to with Hotmail any longer).
Screw Yahoo Mail.
I'm staying with domain-based mail with Thunderbird. I knew switching back to it was the right thing to do. Maybe I don't have email that's portable, but:
- I never see ads.
- I can read and compose in plain text easily.
- All my filters work and I can filter anything.
- It's faster.
- It's easier to back up.
- There is no better way to do email than Thunderbird, period.
Works for me and I'm stickin' with it. You can take your Web 2.0 mail, its outages, phishing attacks, ads and other b.s. and shove it up your ass.