i just realized the best reason to switch away from Yahoo mail, every time i want to sign in i start typing my username and then have to stop and click secure, then wait for the login page to load again, then log in. that is just plain annoying. why even have a non-secure login option? Hotmail and GMail both only have a secure mode as far as i can tell. The only reason not to use Hotmail is slooowwww load times and low availability. Who knows what GMail will be like when their are (a lot) more people using it. . but so far, so good. also, the (almost entirely) text only interface ensures faster loading times.. and i've always liked google's non-intrusive wwweb ads.