Email Service Explained - Plus 10 Free Services To Try
Looking for a Webmail provider? Webopedia explains how an online email service works and lists 10 free Webmail services you can try.
Email Service Definition: What is Webmail?
The phrase email service (also called Webmail) is used to describe access and storage of email messages for users who are not connected to the Internet from their usual location. There are a number of online email service providers that offer easy access to email. All you need is an Internet connection and a Web browser to use the service.
An email service will offer many of the same features and functionality for managing email as desktop email software (email client) counterparts like Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird (email clients). Some of the more popular online email service providers include Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail and AOL Mail.
How to Use an Online Email Service
When logging into an email service, you simply enter the Webmail website URL in the address or location field in the Web browser (e.g. Firefox or Internet Explorer). To access a Webmail account users need to type in your username and password (or subscribe to the email service and choose a new username and password).
Instead of the email being downloaded to the computer being used, the messages will stay on the email service provider's server, allowing the user to access all their email messages regardless of what system or ISP is being used.
When looking for a new email service provider here are some standard features that you will want to ensure the provider offers:
- Contact Management: the ability to store data about contacts
- Inbox Files: the ability to create folder to sort your email
- Storage: the amount of space the email provider offers to store your email
- Spam Filter: An automated service that will filter spam email to a junk folder
- Files: the ability to send and receive file attachments in email messages
- Interface: look for an easy-to-use graphical interface through which you access your webmail service
- Email Forwarding: allows you to forward your Webmail to an ISP mail account and vise versa.
10 Free Email Services To Try
Using an online email service will provide you with a unique email address, storage space and access to your email from any Internet connected device. The following list of email services are free services you can try.
- AIM Mail http://mail.aim.com/
- Excite Mail http://www.excite.com/
- FastMail.FM http://fastmail.fm/
- Gawab http://www.gawab.com/
- Gmail http://www.gmail.com/
- Inbox.com https://www.inbox.com/
- Mail.com http://www.mail.com/int/
- Windows Live Hotmail http://explore.live.com/windows-live-hotmail
- Yahoo! Mail http://mail.yahoo.com
- Zoho Mail http://www.zoho.com/mail/index.html
Based in Nova Scotia, Canada, Vangie Beal is a freelance writer, covering business and Internet technology for more than a decade. She is also managing editor of Webopedia.com.
IT Solutions Builder TOP IT RESOURCES TO MOVE YOUR BUSINESS FORWARD
Which topic are you interested in?
What is your company size?
What is your job title?
What is your job function?
Searching our resource database to find your matches...
Stay up to date on the latest developments in Internet terminology with a free weekly newsletter from Webopedia. Join to subscribe now.
The following facts and statistics capture the changing landscape of cloud computing and how service providers and customers are keeping up with... Read More »SEO Dictionary
From keyword analysis to backlinks and Google search engine algorithm updates, our search engine optimization glossary lists 85 SEO terms you need... Read More »Texting & Chat Abbreviations
From A3 to ZZZ this guide lists 1,500 text message and online chat abbreviations to help you translate and understand today's texting lingo. Read More »
Java is a high-level programming language. This guide describes the basics of Java, providing an overview of syntax, variables, data types and... Read More »Java Basics, Part 2
This second Study Guide describes the basics of Java, providing an overview of operators, modifiers and control Structures. Read More »Network Fundamentals Study Guide
Networking fundamentals teaches the building blocks of modern network design. Learn different types of networks, concepts, architecture and... Read More »