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Popular Email Clients Reviewed
By: Barzan 'Tony' Antal
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    2008-04-02

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  • Popular Email Clients Reviewed
  • Webmail
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Opera Mail (M2)
  • Outlook 2007
  • Final Words

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    The era of ultimate digitization is upon us and it redefines our lives. Almost every day there are new inventions and innovations in the fields of IT, computing, and electronics. Technology is advancing in quantum leaps. For instance, it's been a while since we've sent traditional mail. Can you still remember the days when homing pigeons were trained to carry messages long distances? It was back around World War 2.

    In this generation, sending mail to our friend located on the other side of the world takes less than a second. As soon as we send it, the destined user can read it. That's what I call innovation. Nowadays of course we call these e-mails, instead of traditional mail. The e stands for electronic.

    Throughout this article, we are going to review some of the most popular email clients. First we will cover webmail and its characteristics, and then we can start reviewing. Reading this comprehensive article should inform you of the main features and functions that are possible and required for dedicated email clients. It is completely up to you to decide which one of them you will choose.

    Email clients are also called Mail User Agents (MUA). In a nutshell, they connect to the Mail Transfer Agent (MTA), which is basically the remote mailbox, and ask to retrieve the stored messages. In our case, these are the email messages. This retrieval is possible in two flavors: POP and IMAP. The main difference between these is that the latter allows flagging of the mails as read, unread, or forwarded, and allows folder categorization such as sent items, drafts, and trash.

    Mail is sent via the SMTP protocol and the basic methodology is the same. They arrive at the MTA from where the user is able to retrieve it later on. Basically the MTA is the host where all of the mail is stored for each user on that host. The sign "@" (at) separates the name of the user from the hosting agent. It comes from ARPANET and it was introduced in 1971. We could say that ARPANET is the father of Internet.

    This being said, I think you are ready to begin reading our comprehensive review.

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