I'm new to Mac and loving it after many years running Windows machines. Moving to the Mac has caused me to rethink and question all my previous experience and my working practices, including the most basic. I have had a Hotmail account since the very beginning, and virtually all my contacts use that address.. So I don't really want to change email host unless I can automatically and transparently push both incoming and outgoing mail through that address. (Though if I could be persuaded that the benefits were sufficient..) Since I got my Mac I have been dealing with my mail correspondence through Safari, exactly as I would have done using Firefox on the Windows machines. Today though, I have been looking at the Mail program, and confess I don't understand why anyone would use it! All my mails, including attachments (and many files I have sent myself for backup purposes over the years) are sitting quietly on Microsoft's servers somewhere and not clogging up my hard drive. If I use Mail, copies of all of this are downloaded onto my hard drive. What is the advantage? The second part of my question, is there another web based mail system with a Mac type UI which would do as well as or better than Hotmail? I have never got on with Gmail's UI. If there is, can I then push both incoming and outgoing mails through that system transparently? I have glanced at threads here about Mobile Me, which IMO has a fabulous UI but from comments, seems to be an expensive and not particularly good means of doing what I am looking for. I'd like to be able to access mails and attachments through both my Mac, my Iphone and my Windows laptop (since I can't afford to change it just yet) All your thoughts much appreciated.