A webmail application allows you to send out and receive messages from a web browser without the need to set up an email address inside a program such as Outlook or Thunderbird. If you travel, for instance, you'll be able to check your emails from an Internet café and you will not have to download, install or set up anything at all. Webmail clients are advanced enough to present you with a number of options such as having an address book or creating folders that can afterwards come in your e-mail app. As a webmail software works with the messages on the server, it is important that you employ the IMAP protocol when you set up an e-mail account on your desktop. You may still use webmail if you select POP, but old messages will not be accessible because they will have been downloaded on your computer. You can take advantage of webmail provided that there is any e-mail created in your hosting account and using an e-mail client prior to being able to use webmail is not a requirement, so you're able to handle your digital communication solely from a web browser.