Best Gmail alternatives

Thomas Macaulay
Thomas Macaulay

Thomas Macaulay

Tom is online editor. He studied English Literature and History at Sussex University before gaining a Masters in Newspaper Journalism from City University. He's particularly interested in the public sector and the ethical implications of emerging technologies.

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Gmail has grown into the foremost global email service since it was released to the public in 2004, and today has more than 1.2 billion users, but Google's market dominance doesn't reflect a lack of worthy competitors.

An array of alternative email providers are also available for those who find Google's scanning of their emails to create targeted advertising intrusive, or simply want to disrupt the search giant’s monopoly. Some of the alternatives also provide features that Gmail lacks.

Read on for our pick of the bunch, and let us know if we've missed any that you think merit a mention.

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