The best replacement for hotmail is gmail.

The best alternatives to hotmail are rated as following:
★★★★★  gmail
★★★★  yahoo
★★★  live
★★★  outlook
★★  yahoo mail
★★  msn
★  live email
★  windows live
★  yahoo which is better
★  gmail more secure
★  outlook which is better
★  outlook mail
  gmail better
  google mail
  live mail
  windows live mail
  gmail safer
  hotmail plus
  gmail privacy
  yahoo email
  outlook express
  msn email
  gmail security
  yahoo e-mail
  other windows live account
  windows live hotmail

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Speaking about hotmail, one probably shouldn't forget about outlook.

Other search terms related to hotmail and their ratings are:

★★★★★ outlook
★★★ windows live
★★★ thunderbird
★★ outlook express
★★ messenger
★★ outlook 2007
★★ apple mail
outlook 2010
mac mail
outlook 2013
outlook web app
custom domain
your own domain
live id
outlook 2003
own domain
outlook connector
my domain
own domain name
windows mail
using msn
microsoft outlook
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