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Webmail

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Webmail is a World Wide Web interface that allows users to read and write E-mail using a Web browser.

Webmail is commonly offered as a service by Internet companies, often in exchange for providing personal information for marketing purposes. It may also be offered by one's Internet service provider for remote access to a regular email account.

Table of contents
1 Features
2 Advantages of webmail services
3 Disadvantages of webmail services
4 History
5 External links

Features

Most webmail services have the following features:

Several webmail services offer the following features:

Advantages of webmail services

Disadvantages of webmail services

History

Historically, the first webmail service was
Hotmail, created by Sabeer Bhatia of India. Hotmail became very popular, and was later bought by Microsoft and rebranded MSN Hotmail. There are now many other webmail services available.

There is webmail software available that allows one to create one's own webmail server, notably open source software such as Horde IMP or Squirrelmail.

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