05 Jun 2014

Webmail vs Email Clients….Which is Right for You?

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Tech Tip:

Webmail vs Email Clients….Which is Right for You?

These days everyone uses some form of email – at work, at home and on our phones. Whether you use a Webmail client such as Google (Gmail) or an email client such as Microsoft (Outlook) there are common questions you will encounter when setting up new email accounts. We will go through each of the differences so you can decide which service is right for you.

Webmail Clients vs  Email Clients

So, what’s the difference between Webmail clients and email clients? It is actually simpler than you think. Both are used for sending and receiving emails, they simply perform these functions in different ways.

Webmail services are cloud based allowing you to remotely access your email anytime, anywhere you have an internet connection. If you use Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts you would be using a Webmail client. These services are free and can be synced with all of your additional mobile devices. Since webmail services are operated over the Internet through a browser, no downloaded applications or additional software is needed.

On the other hand, email clients are accessed from a single location since applications need to be installed on a computer in order for you to send and receive emails. If you use programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Windows Live or Mozilla Thunderbird you would be using an email client. These services come at an additional cost, but tend to be more secure. Email clients can also be synced with other mobile devices, provided they are set-up that way.

NOTE: In order to send email out of CaseLink Office you will have to have an email client (such as Outlook) set up and configured to send email.

If you are still unsure which is the best way for you to access your email – via web mail or through an email client, contact the hardware team in the BMS Support Center via email or call 800-634-7734 ext. 6.