Why am I such a fan of Gmail? It has the best SPAM filtering of any email program I have ever used. I only get about 3 spam messages per day in my inbox instead of 50-60 because they are accurately filtered out by Gmail. I also almost NEVER have legitimate mail dumped into the junk folder by accident.
Another thing I love about Gmail is that I can have all my email addresses delivered to one inbox that is accessible from any computer via the internet. So, my personal email accounts, my business account, the accounts I have at client sites can all come into the same inbox. This saves me having to check multiple email accounts each day. Outlook can do this too, but the other benefit of Gmail is that I can log into my account and view my emails from any computer with internet access (great for traveling or when I need something at a client site.)
Gmail is SO easy to search and you get so much storage space that you never have to delete a mail. You can just archive them and then, if you need that info again, use the search box to search for words or phrases that you know were in the message you’re looking for.
You can flag messages with a star for follow up, create filters to sort certain types of messages, and label messages to help keep them organized.
Gmail uses a “thread” type system for keeping track of mails so if you send an email out to a distribution list, everytime someone replies, it gets linked to the original mail message so you can always track back through the thread to find “who said what.”
And as with most Google services, Gmail is free. The only thing you need to be able to deal with is seeing Google Ads next to your mail messages like the ones along the right column in this screenshot: