Free email vs Paid email
The benefits of Office 365Can you get by on free email? Or do you need a hosted service like Office 365? Free email has the obvious benefit of, well, being free. But by sticking with unpaid email, you could miss out on key advantages when it comes to communicating online.
An address with your name on it
With free email, you sacrifice some individuality. You get a limited choice of available addresses with a generic “@gmail.com” or “@outlook.com” ending. But Office 365 lets you use a custom domain on your email – e.g. “firstname.lastname@example.org” – to create a more personalised and professional address.
Email and beyond
The basic purpose of email is to send and receive messages, but email services come with a range of additional features. While free email can offer some extra tools, it can’t compete with Office 365’s full suite of Microsoft applications including Word, Excel and Skype for Business.
Storage and attachment sizes compared
Free email is limited to relatively small storage and attachment sizes, compared to the 50GB mailboxes, 1TB OneDrive storage and 70MB attachments of Office 365. If you rely on extensive documents and large data volumes, this makes all the difference.
|Email service||Storage limit||Email attachment limit|
|Office 365||50GB per mailbox + 1TB OneDrive storage||70MB|
Can you put up with ads?
Another downside of free email is the adverts. If you don’t mind ads popping up while you’re sorting through your inbox, no problem. But to ensure no distractions and 100% focus, a professionally hosted email service like Office 365 is the way to go.
Automated support vs helpful humans
Different levels of tech support can be seen in something as simple as password recovery. If you lose access to a free email account, the automated retrieval process can be painful – and worst-case scenario: you’re permanently locked out. With professional email like Office 365, you can always rely on a team of experts to resolve any issues.
Pay nothing for a little, or pay a little for a lot
It may not be free, but the amount of value in the Office 365 package makes it the superior choice for anyone who needs professional email. Your email hosting provider can make Office 365 even more affordable with discounts for multiple users and a domain included for one year, plus a free setup service to help you migrate from an existing account.
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