Personally , using gmail is more convenient than NIC email,
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Don’t Hit Delete! That Hotmail From India’s Prime Minister May Be For Real
By Mehul Srivastava - Jul 18, 2011
After a triple bombing in Mumbai killed 21 people last week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s office issued a statement condemning the terrorist attacks -- from a Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Hotmail address.
Singh’s staff’s use of a free e-mail account is typical of most government workers, who log into Hotmail, Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Gmail and Yahoo! Inc.’s e-mail to conduct official business. They also list those addresses on agency websites and business cards.