- Great Painters
- Accounting
- Fundamentals of Law
- Marketing
- Shorthand
- Concept Cars
- Videogames
- The World of Sports

- Blogs
- Free Software
- Google
- My Computer

- PHP Language and Applications
- Wikipedia
- Windows Vista

- Education
- Masterpieces of English Literature
- American English

- English Dictionaries
- The English Language

- Medical Emergencies
- The Theory of Memory
- The Beatles
- Dances
- Microphones
- Musical Notation
- Music Instruments
- Batteries
- Nanotechnology
- Cosmetics
- Diets
- Vegetarianism and Veganism
- Christmas Traditions
- Animals

- Fruits And Vegetables


  1. Adobe Reader
  2. Adware
  3. Altavista
  4. AOL
  5. Apple Macintosh
  6. Application software
  7. Arrow key
  8. Artificial Intelligence
  9. ASCII
  10. Assembly language
  11. Automatic translation
  12. Avatar
  13. Babylon
  14. Bandwidth
  15. Bit
  16. BitTorrent
  17. Black hat
  18. Blog
  19. Bluetooth
  20. Bulletin board system
  21. Byte
  22. Cache memory
  23. Celeron
  24. Central processing unit
  25. Chat room
  26. Client
  27. Command line interface
  28. Compiler
  29. Computer
  30. Computer bus
  31. Computer card
  32. Computer display
  33. Computer file
  34. Computer games
  35. Computer graphics
  36. Computer hardware
  37. Computer keyboard
  38. Computer networking
  39. Computer printer
  40. Computer program
  41. Computer programmer
  42. Computer science
  43. Computer security
  44. Computer software
  45. Computer storage
  46. Computer system
  47. Computer terminal
  48. Computer virus
  49. Computing
  50. Conference call
  51. Context menu
  52. Creative commons
  53. Creative Commons License
  54. Creative Technology
  55. Cursor
  56. Data
  57. Database
  58. Data storage device
  59. Debuggers
  60. Demo
  61. Desktop computer
  62. Digital divide
  63. Discussion groups
  64. DNS server
  65. Domain name
  66. DOS
  67. Download
  68. Download manager
  69. DVD-ROM
  70. DVD-RW
  71. E-mail
  72. E-mail spam
  73. File Transfer Protocol
  74. Firewall
  75. Firmware
  76. Flash memory
  77. Floppy disk drive
  78. GNU
  79. GNU General Public License
  80. GNU Project
  81. Google
  82. Google AdWords
  83. Google bomb
  84. Graphics
  85. Graphics card
  86. Hacker
  87. Hacker culture
  88. Hard disk
  89. High-level programming language
  90. Home computer
  91. HTML
  92. Hyperlink
  93. IBM
  94. Image processing
  95. Image scanner
  96. Instant messaging
  97. Instruction
  98. Intel
  99. Intel Core 2
  100. Interface
  101. Internet
  102. Internet bot
  103. Internet Explorer
  104. Internet protocols
  105. Internet service provider
  106. Interoperability
  107. IP addresses
  108. IPod
  109. Joystick
  110. JPEG
  111. Keyword
  112. Laptop computer
  113. Linux
  114. Linux kernel
  115. Liquid crystal display
  116. List of file formats
  117. List of Google products
  118. Local area network
  119. Logitech
  120. Machine language
  121. Mac OS X
  122. Macromedia Flash
  123. Mainframe computer
  124. Malware
  125. Media center
  126. Media player
  127. Megabyte
  128. Microsoft
  129. Microsoft Windows
  130. Microsoft Word
  131. Mirror site
  132. Modem
  133. Motherboard
  134. Mouse
  135. Mouse pad
  136. Mozilla Firefox
  137. Mp3
  138. MPEG
  139. MPEG-4
  140. Multimedia
  141. Musical Instrument Digital Interface
  142. Netscape
  143. Network card
  144. News ticker
  145. Office suite
  146. Online auction
  147. Online chat
  148. Open Directory Project
  149. Open source
  150. Open source software
  151. Opera
  152. Operating system
  153. Optical character recognition
  154. Optical disc
  155. output
  156. PageRank
  157. Password
  158. Pay-per-click
  159. PC speaker
  160. Peer-to-peer
  161. Pentium
  162. Peripheral
  163. Personal computer
  164. Personal digital assistant
  165. Phishing
  166. Pirated software
  167. Podcasting
  168. Pointing device
  169. POP3
  170. Programming language
  171. QuickTime
  172. Random access memory
  173. Routers
  174. Safari
  175. Scalability
  176. Scrollbar
  177. Scrolling
  178. Scroll wheel
  179. Search engine
  180. Security cracking
  181. Server
  182. Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
  183. Skype
  184. Social software
  185. Software bug
  186. Software cracker
  187. Software library
  188. Software utility
  189. Solaris Operating Environment
  190. Sound Blaster
  191. Soundcard
  192. Spam
  193. Spamdexing
  194. Spam in blogs
  195. Speech recognition
  196. Spoofing attack
  197. Spreadsheet
  198. Spyware
  199. Streaming media
  200. Supercomputer
  201. Tablet computer
  202. Telecommunications
  203. Text messaging
  204. Trackball
  205. Trojan horse
  206. TV card
  207. Unicode
  208. Uniform Resource Identifier
  209. Unix
  210. URL redirection
  211. USB flash drive
  212. USB port
  213. User interface
  214. Vlog
  215. Voice over IP
  216. Warez
  217. Wearable computer
  218. Web application
  219. Web banner
  220. Web browser
  221. Web crawler
  222. Web directories
  223. Web indexing
  224. Webmail
  225. Web page
  226. Website
  227. Wiki
  228. Wikipedia
  229. WIMP
  230. Windows CE
  231. Windows key
  232. Windows Media Player
  233. Windows Vista
  234. Word processor
  235. World Wide Web
  236. Worm
  237. XML
  238. X Window System
  239. Yahoo
  240. Zombie computer

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Web-based email

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Webmail is a Web application that allow users to access their e-mail through a Web browser, as an alternative to using an e-mail client such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird or Eudora.

The most popular Webmail providers are Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail[1]. Other Webmail providers include Gmail, AIM Mail,, Fastmail and Lycos Mail. It is also possible to run Webmail software on one's own Web server. Commercial Webmail software includes Outlook Web Access (OWA), BlueTie, and Atmail. Open-source Webmail software includes Horde IMP, OpenWebmail (based on NeoMail), RoundCube, Zimbra, and SquirrelMail. Many universities and schools use such software to provide students and staff with Web-based access to their email accounts. Also, many Internet Service Providers offer Webmail for their customers.


Most Webmail services have the following features:

  • Folders
  • Filtering (incoming e-mail to dispatch to related folder)
  • Trash folder
  • Address book

Several Webmail services offer the following features:

  • E-mail spam detection
  • POP3 mail retrieval
  • Anti-virus checking of mail attachments
  • E-mail forwarding
  • Dictionary and thesaurus when composing messages
  • Spell checker

Advantages of Webmail services

  • E-mail is stored remotely on a server, which means that it is accessible anywhere there is an Internet connection and a Web browser.
  • Centralised maintenance of the (Webmail) e-mail client; backups, upgrades and security fixes are done by the administrator. There is no need to install, update and patch local e-mail clients.
  • Some Webmail providers offer disposable (spam collection) e-mail addresses. Examples include TrashMail and Mailinator. There are also secure webmail providers like Hushmail that do not store any personal information and send all mails with 128-bit encryption.

Disadvantages of Webmail services

  • The user must stay online to read and write more than one e-mail. They cannot easily edit mails they are working on offline (except by copying and pasting the text).
  • Commercial Webmail services often offer only limited e-mail storage space and either display advertisements during use or append them to mails sent. Unlike with a local client, the user cannot keep the messages on their local hard drive, though the user usually has the option to download and save important emails to his computer as he sees fit, either manually or through a pop-mail software.
  • Most e-mails are usually short, plain text messages of less than 2 kB, by using Webmail the original e-mail is wrapped in the Web site's HTML, which can be 40 kB or more. Obviously this brings a significant decrease in speed of use, especially on a slow network connection.
  • Webmail accounts are often targets of spam.
  • Webmail accounts are accused of being insecure.
  • Free Webmail accounts are often inaccessible to blind users, due to the use of a visual CAPTCHA.
  • Webmail usually has speed and functionality limitations relative to other email clients. Part of this is due to limitations of what is possible with html (web pages). For example, when messages are tagged for deletion in the index, these tags are usually lost when one reads a message. Thus one means one cant read a message that you suspect you want to delete (to help decide) without deleting already tagged messages or having to re-tag them. Thus it is more awkward to delete multiple messages.

For providers who do not allow POP3 access a program like FreePOPs may be used with a conventional POP3 client.

Other features of Webmail

  • Webmail accounts can be set up with minimum technical competence and can provide independence from one's current ISP as well as a degree of anonymity.
  • The ability to access it anywhere means it is harder to trace the individual who uses an account than if they used a connection associated with their home address.

These features mean it can in theory be more easily used as a communication tool for nefarious purposes (or for avoiding oppressive authorities) than conventional e-mail. In practice, most governments' security agencies are fairly easily able to track individuals who try to use such methods, just as with someone who calls from phone booths.[citation needed] Ordinary citizens will find it more difficult, however.[citation needed]

Gigabyte storage

Due to the heavy media coverage of Gmail's initial announcement of 1 gigabyte of storage, many existing Webmail services quickly increased their storage capacity, as did many ISPs. Before Gmail's announcement the largest storage commercial Webmail service was Runbox with 100 MB. Many Webmail services followed Gmail and this was seen as a move to stop existing users from switching, and to capitalize on the newly rekindled public interest in Webmail services. Below is a brief outline of the course of events following Gmail's initial release.

Some information in this article or section has not been verified and may not be reliable.
Please check for inaccuracies, and modify and cite sources as needed.
  • On March 31, 2004, Gmail was initially released with 1 gigabyte of storage space per user. On April 1st, 2005 (Gmail's first birthday), Gmail increased each user's storage quota to more than 2 gigabytes. This new figure and the original offering of 1000 megabytes are hundreds of times more than what other Webmail services offered at the time of Gmail's original announcement in 2004.
  • On April 5, 2004, Spymac became the first open-to-the-public free e-mail service to offer a gigabyte of storage based on the Atmail software.
  • On May 29, 2004, the European edition of Lycos raised its paid storage allowance to 1 GB.
  • On June 15, 2004, popular web mail competitor Yahoo! Mail increased its free storage space to 100 MB and its paid storage space to 2 GB. (Free storage space for Yahoo! Mail was later increased to 250 MB on December 2, 2004).
  • On June 18, 2004, headquartered in Mumbai, India, increased the storage capacity of its free public Rediffmail service to one gigabyte.
  • On June 24, 2004, Microsoft's Hotmail increased storage space to 250 MB and 2 GB respectively for its free and paid e-mail services for users in North America.
  • Throughout June, the Israeli search site Walla upgraded their service to 1 GB of space.
  • On July 29, 2004, Yahoo! Mail increased space to 1 GB for its users in China in hopes of getting a foothold in the country's booming internet market.
  • On August 16, 2004, introduced unlimited storage. The first e-mail service to do so for its paid subscribers.
  • On March 23, 2005, Yahoo! Mail announced that it will soon (in late April) begin giving all users of its free Web e-mail service 1 gigabyte of storage.
  • On April 1, 2005, its first anniversary, Gmail increased its storage size to 2 GB, and its storage has increased constantly since then at a rate that works out to 1 GB per year, a rate that Google pledges it will keep up as long as its servers have room.
  • On May 11, 2005, AOL announced AIM Mail, a free Web e-mail service with 2 gigabyte of storage.
  • On June 6, 2005, AOL announced unlimited e-mail storage for its paying subscribers.
  • On October 8, 2005, Runbox announced 10 GB e-mail storage for its subscribers with a 1 GB Files storage.
  • In October, 2005, Mailnation, now Thinkpost, announced 1 TB (1000 GB) e-mail storage for it's subsctibers.
  • 30gigs announced 30 GB e-mail storage for its subscribers.
  • On November 1, 2005, Microsoft released a beta version of Windows Live Mail, the successor to Hotmail, featuring 2 GB of free storage for all accounts.
  • On August 2, 2006, Lycos increased its storage size to 3 GB (beta) without size limit of attachments.
  • On November 6, 2006, Amazemail announces its free Ajax webmail service with 10 GB of disk space.

See also

  • Comparison of webmail providers
  • E-mail hosting service


  1. ^ Brownlow, Mark "Email and webmail statistics", Email Marketing Reports, December, 2006

External links

  • Open Directory category for Webmail Providers
  • Yahoo! Directory of Free Webmail Providers
  • Web Based Email Providers Reviewed
  • Verify email address: Verify the syntax & format, the domain name, a valid user and actual mailbox. (RFC 2822 compliant online free tool).
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