what is webmail used for?
When webmail is used it is accessible via web browsers so you do not have to download any software onto your computer to access it. However, webmail is also a web-based email that has many of the features found in desktop email clients such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. Webmail can be web-based email offered by webmail providers, web-based email clients, or web interfaces to existing email servers.
Webmail is a way of accessing email messages from any computer with internet access, by using an ordinary web browser. The messages are usually stored on the server and can be read offline as well as online. Many webmail applications have a search function that allows users to retrieve messages based on keywords provided by the user. Webmail is used in particular by people who have access to the Internet but do not have their own computer or email system.
Webmail is accessed by a web interface, so it does not require the installation of additional software on the remote computer. Web-based e-mail’s advantage over other e-mail formats is that users are afforded the ability to read and send messages without using another program; this makes webmail particularly suitable for users who access their e-mail on multiple computers. Webmail can be accessed from any computer with a web browser and Internet access. Many ISPs provide webmail as the default email format for their customers, while some companies use such services to offer access to personal or business email accounts via an Internet browser.
Web-based e-mail can also be used to access traditional POP or IMAP mail, through an XML layer known as webmail access protocol (or “XMAP”). This allows users to keep their local client software while still accessing email hosted on a remote mail server. WebDAV is another standard for mapping between HTTP and file-system protocols. It is used to create virtual webmail folders, e.g. for calendaring or document management.