I pretty much agree with most of this blog post:
Nobody puts any attention on email hosting, and everyone is giving it away for free. And all the free services like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc are remarkably good… much better than what you could roll on your own, or buy from any for-pay email hosting companies.
Personally, I’ve stopped hosting any of my email on my own servers about 2 years ago.. which I’m sure surprises lots of people since I love managing email servers… but the reality is that its just a huge pain, and its a 24×7 service that you can’t live without – and frankly, Google/Yahoo/Microsoft are all really good at it and I have other things to do. 🙂
Lately, I’ve also grown fond of the web-based interfaces from Google/Yahoo/Microsoft… I find them much more useable than OutlookXP/2003/2007 and even better than my all-time favorite Eudora. I’m getting really close to going 100% web on my email – maybe this summer… hmm…