Overview As mobile
devices such as laptop computers, PDAs, and cell phones become more
popular and powerful, there has been a growing need for flexible methods
of sending and receiving e-mail. Web-based e-mail has provided a solution
for some people. Numerous Web-based e-mail sites offer Internet users free
e-mail accounts with address books, storage space, and e-mail management
e-mail Sites Web-based e-mail is so
popular and easy to use that often the hardest part of signing up for a
new e-mail account is finding a unique user name. With so many Web-based
e-mail sites online offering free e-mail accounts, it may be equally hard
to choose the one that is right for you. A good resource for general
information about Web-based e-mail is www.emailaddresses.com/email_web.htm,
which offers descriptions and links to major Web-based e-mail sites and is
frequently updated with new entries and even user reviews. Below is a
short list of some of the more popular Web-based e-mail sites. It is in no
way an inclusive list.
free e-mail accounts with all of the necessary features such as an address
book, an e-mail manager, and forwarding options. It is also considered to
be one of the easiest sites to use.
over 40 million users, Hotmail (www.hotmail.com)
is one of the most popular Web-based e-mail sites. They offer free e-mail
sign-up, spam filtering, a spelling checker, and signature options.
However, Hotmail offers only 2 megabytes of storage space--which some
users could find limiting.
(excite.com) offers free e-mail
accounts, customizable home pages, POP e-mail retrieval options, and spam
filtering, just to name a few features. Users are allowed up to 3
megabytes of storage space.
(www.yahoo.com) is an
enormously popular site offering free Web-based e-mail that includes a
spell-check feature, free forwarding, and POP mail services. Yahoo!
offers a relatively high storage limit of 6 megabytes.
is Google's (www.google.com)
free webmail service. It comes with built-in Google search technology and
over 2,600 megabytes of storage (and growing every day). You can keep all
your important messages, files and pictures forever, use search to quickly
and easily find anything you're looking for, and make sense of it all with
a new way of viewing messages as part of conversations.
Resources Because of the vast number of Web-based e-mail providers on
the Internet today, many sites have begun to offer numerous resources for
Web-based e-mail users.
link contains useful FAQs about
Web-based e-mail. Here you can learn about topics such as how to sign up
for a free account, how to maintain e-mail privacy, and how to choose the
best e-mail service. This Internet
101 page provides a review of the ten most popular Web-based
e-mail sites and rates them according their features and their ease of
use. For a straightforward introduction to Web-based e-mail, visit this
site. You will find descriptions of how Web-based e-mail works and
how to use it. This site also contains useful tips for selecting user
names and passwords. Visit this
Web page, which provides Web-based e-mail capabilities for
Web sites. Since this site provides information on how Web-based e-mail
works and how it is installed on Web sites, it is useful to the everyday
user as well as to Web developers and designers.