I have had Solo-Technology.com mail hosted with Google for e-mail since it was a beta offering. So long, in fact, that I’ve purged that blog post about it as it was just too out of date. I have generally been happy with the service and have had few complaints. Especially when you factor in what I have been paying for it all these years… (nothing!).
However, times change, what we like change and companies change. For the past three years I have been living in Outlook for the day job and Gmail for Solo Tech and personal stuff. The differences get a bit jarring over time. Also, I don’t love the recent Gmail interface changes, I don’t love what I’m reading in the news and the final straw was seeing ads IN my inbox. Not on the page, but things that looked like mail items in the inbox but were actually ads.
That was when I knew it was time to go be someone else’s product.
I understand that nothing is truly free, but there are limits to what I’ll tolerate. Yes, I know there are work-arounds and ways to avoid it. Sure I could just use Outlook and IMAP to get my mail – but I really don’t like IMAP so… let’s just move on.