Webmail

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

GmailWebmail is a cloud-based service provided by certain companies and ISPs. These services allow users to access their e-mail over the Internet without the need of software installation (unlike Microsoft Outlook or Thunderbird). Webmail is a great solution for those who use multiple devices or are frequently away from their computer.

What's the difference between an e-mail client and webmail?

Both perform the same function: they allow the user to send and receive e-mail. However, an e-mail client requires the user to install software directly onto their computer; if the software is not installed, e-mail may not be accessed. Also, many e-mail clients cost money, but are generally more secure. Webmail, on the other hand, is free and completely cloud-based. As a result, the user can access their e-mail from any device that is connected to the Internet, and from any location.

There are many webmail services (those that are not software-based) available for users today. The following list contains some of the most popular free webmail services.

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