Formerly known as Hotmail and developed by Microsoft as an upgrade, Outlook has a user base exceeding 200 million active users. If you’re an Android user, Outlook shares many features and is one of the closest alternatives to Gmail. It seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Office and other products, including Microsoft Office 365, but with a limited number of available add-ons, mirroring Gmail’s integration with Google products. Beyond its many features, Outlook offers a modern and user-friendly interface, allowing for easy sending and organization of emails through folders and categories. Much like Gmail, Outlook merges work and personal calendars in one place.
Despite its simplicity, Outlook does not compromise on security and privacy features. It has two-factor authentication, encryption, spam filters, safe links, and confidential mode, protecting your mailbox against potential security threats. Outlook’s support services feature both phone and email support. Users can access Outlook for free, including 15 GB of mailbox storage, 5 GB of OneDrive storage, and some free Office 365 web apps. For enhanced features, users can opt for the Microsoft 365 personal plan priced at $69.99 per year, unlocking benefits like an ad-free interface, advanced security options, 1TB cloud storage, and email encryption.