A webmail app enables you to send and receive emails via a web browser without the need to set up an email address in a program such as Outlook or Thunderbird. When you take a trip, for example, it is possible to check your e-mail messages from an Internet café and you will not have to download, install or configure anything. Webmail applications are advanced enough to present you with a great deal of options such as using an address book or making folders that will later on show up in your e mail application. As the webmail app works with the messages on your server, it is vital that you employ the IMAP protocol when you set up an e-mail account on your computer. You may still use webmail if you select POP, but older e-mails won't be available as they'll have been downloaded on the computer. You can take advantage of webmail as long as there is any sort of email address set up inside your hosting account and using an email app prior to being able to use webmail isn't a requirement, so that you can handle your electronic communication entirely through a browser.