Webmail 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.
What are some of the popular webmail services?
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.