Gmail gains migration support for Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, and more... 7
To make it easier, though, Google has added import capabilities to Gmail. And it’s not just the POP and IMAP that Gmail’s had for a while, no, they’ve managed to dig into Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail/Windows Live, and even the webmail clients of dozens of major ISPs worldwide.
We all know that switching email addresses isn’t easy, so Google’s set out to make it easier. Apart from importing all of your mail, any contacts you’ve collected over the years on your old account will be imported into Gmail as well. Aaaand through the magic of Google, they’ve even managed to set it up so that your old account’s emails will be forwarded (or monitored and imported or whatever) for a full 30 days while you give Gmail a try.
Right now, the import feature is available for all new Gmail registrations, and is slowly being rolled out to existing Gmail accounts (consolidate!). Right now, though, those using Gmail through Google Apps won’t have access to this new usefulness.