Email Client

Using an Email Client to Access Your Mailboxes

While email has many advantages that have enabled it to take the world by storm, accessing email through a web browser has some drawbacks. By using an email software client, the convenience of email can be fully realized.

If not using an email software client, people must use a browser to check whether they have received any mail. However, many find this process quite cumbersome at times. If the internet connecting is lagging, the process can be excruciatingly slow. Additionally, once users have logged out of their mailboxes or close their browsers, they no longer have access to their emails even though they may need to refer to these mails again and again

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The solution to these problems is available in the form of commercial or freeware email client software. With these, the email is downloaded onto the computer so it can be quickly accessed even when the user is offline. This enables users to go back and check any message in seconds.

Of course, this option is best used on a home computer and not on public computers such as those in libraries. A web browser should be used or the messages will be left for anyone else who uses the computer to see.

Email client software can help people access their email and store copies of their mails locally for future reference. Since everyone has different needs and tastes, they need to select the email client software that suits their requirements. They are like email manager.

Examples of email clients are software applications such as Outlook Express or Eudora. Once installed, all the email clients have a configuration phase in which the user needs to configure the accounts by entering the authentication information after identifying the provider. They will also need to specify the kind of protocol that the mailboxes use. Most mailboxes use POP3 protocol, while others may use IMAP protocol. This step is essential as it ensures that the client software interacts with the mailbox in a way that it can understand and transfer the mail.

Once configured, the mail client takes over everything. It can be used to store mails locally, send fresh messages or reply to messages, automatically send/retrieve mail, monitor multiple mailboxes and a host of other actions. Mail clients also allow people to set priority, flag messages, send/request acknowledgments for mails and have access to different email accounts using the same software.

These are just some features offered by major e-mail clients. There are plenty of other options and features that one should explore to get the most of the software. For most, the features offer a lot of advantages over simply accessing email from a browser.

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