Hotmail vs. Rediffmail

Hotmail
Rediffmail

Windows Live Hotmail, formerly known as Hotmail is a free and one of the most popular internet-based E-mail service provided by MSN (Microsoft), that allows users up to 5GB of storage space. It was founded by Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia and was launched in 1996. Later it was acquired by microsft in 1997.It is accessible anywhere in the world from a Web browser or via Outlook or Outlook Express.The current version was officially released on May 7, 2007, and roll-out to all existing users was completed in October 2007.

Rediffmail is also a web based e-mail service. It offers unlimited free storage space [1]. Rediff recently launched an AJAX based mail interface, similar to Yahoo that gives the web-based service a more desktop software like feel[2]. Rediff Mail also allows users to send and receive mails in many Indian languages.

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Attachment size allowed 10 MB (basic version, free); 20 MB (premium version) 10 MB (basic version, free); 20 MB (premium version)
Virus scanning Yes (Trend Micro) Yes
Languages supported 35 20
Custom "From:" address Yes Yes
IMAP support No No
POP3 support Offers POP to Hotmail Plus users only. Also offers DeltaSync to sync e-mail and contacts (and calendar for Hotmail Plus users) with Outlook or Windows Live Mail. Yes (premium version)
Account de-activated if not logged in Yes (if basic version), after 2 months Yes
Website http://hotmail.live.com http://www.rediff.com
Message view Regular view Regular view
Sort feature Available (by Sender, Date etc.) Available (by Sender, Date etc.)
Folders feature Available Available
Labels feature Not available Not available
Keyboard shortcuts Not available No
Automatic forwarding Forwarding to other Windows Live Hotmail accounts is free for all users. Premium/paid accounts can forward to any other third party email accounts. No
E-mail client access Legacy, Hotmail Plus, Outlook Live, and MSN Premium members only. All account types can use the Windows Live Mail client. Yes (premium members)
Integration with IM service Windows Live Messenger Rediff Bol
Owner Microsoft Corp. Rediff.com
Domain name customization Yes. Through Windows Live Custom Domains Yes
Storage space 5 GB Unlimited
Cost Free (basic version), $19.95 yearly (Plus) Free (basic version), INR 499 yearly (Plus)
Interface script technique HTML/JavaScript/ CSS/Ajax HTML/JavaScript/ CSS/Ajax

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