Alan Freedman -- The Computer Language Company - Computer Desktop Encyclopedia
Computer Desktop Encyclopedia
Longest-Running Tech Reference on the Planet

A CDE Definition

You'll love The Computer Desktop Encyclopedia (CDE) for Tech Term of the Day (TTOD)

LOOK UP ANOTHER TERM


free mail

See email interfaces.



email interfaces

After an email account has been established with an ISP, a Web-based email service or the corporate mail server, there are two software approaches for actually sending and receiving messages.

The first method is to use the email program already installed in your computer or one that you install yourself, and the second way is to use a Web browser on any computer. Very often, mail can be sent and received on the same service via both methods as summarized below.

Method 1 - Installed Program - Tied to a Computer
The use of an email program installed in the user's computer, such as Windows Mail, Mac Mail or Outlook, is the legacy approach, but one which generally offers the most advanced features. Called an "email client," the disadvantage is that the email interface a person becomes familiar with is tied to the machine the software is installed in. To send and retrieve mail from a different computer using that same application, one has to install and configure the mail settings in that computer, as well as import the address book, mailboxes, boilerplate and signatures from the first computer.

Method 2 - Webmail - From Anywhere
Also called "online email" or "cloud mail," Webmail is a Web-based email service from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and other providers that is accessible via the Web. The distinct advantage is that after the account is set up, messages can be sent and retrieved from any Web browser in any computer or mobile device by logging into the Webmail site with username and password. Even if you prefer to use the mail client in your computer, having Webmail as an option enables access from any computing venue.

Free May Have Limitations
Free Web-based email services are supported by advertising and may have limits such as a cap on the number of messages you can save or the size of attachments. Paid versions with greater storage and fewer restrictions may be an option.

Keep Your Email Address Forever!
If you change your Web-based email provider, you have a change-of-address problem and have to notify everyone you wish to stay in contact with. The way to solve that for good is to register your own domain name and have an Internet service provider (ISP) host your mail service so that me@myname.com is yours permanently even if you switch to another ISP. To access your mail, you would use your favorite email client program, the Web-based mail offered by the ISP or both. See email service, email domain, POP3 and IMAP4.



Personal Use Only

Before/After Your Search Term
BeforeAfter
free emailFree-PC
free formfree premium
free-form datafree software
free-form databaseFree Software Foundation
free-form fabricationfree software license
free-form languagefree software movement
free-form manufacturingfree space
free-form textfree space optics
free Internet serviceFree Standards Group
free ISPfree-text

Terms By Topic
Click any of the following categories for a list of fundamental terms.
Computer Words You Gotta KnowSystem design
Job categoriesUnix/Linux
Interesting stuffPersonal computers
InternetIndustrial Automation/Process Control
Communications & networkingAssociations/Standards organizations
HistoryDesktop publishing
Audio/VideoGraphics
MainframesSecurity
ProgrammingHealthcare IT
System design