Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Email alias by GMail and MSN

Gmail and MSN had been in war for long.This time MSN has gone one step ahead.
Initially gmail provided email alias for gmail users in the following forms
  • dot(.) can be used anywhere within the username as another id,for eg. if you own mail@gmail.com then you also own m.ail@gmail.com, ma.il@gmail.com,etc.
  • you can use addition symbol(+) after username to get your mails ,i.e. if you own mail@gmail.com then all mails sent to mail+new@gmail.com will also be sent to you.
  • you are also allowed capitalization of some or all the alphabets in your username ,for eg. if you own mail@gmail.com then you also own MaIl@gmail.com ,MAIL@gmail.com,etc.
These features help gmail users to manage their emails and reduce spams to get the most out of their email addresses.


Now MSN taken this fight to next level. MSN already provides the dot feature mentioned above but from now on you get 5 more email alias making it as good as getting a new email account.What it means is that if you own mail@hotmail.com you can get all mails sent to message@hotmail.com if you set it as your email alias.

Also note that other sites such as facebook,twitter,etc treat all email alias as a separate email id so you can register many facebook accounts ,or for that matter on any site, with just one email account!!