Email, or electronic mail, has become more popular as people learn to communicate again with written words. For many purposes it is superior to a phone call because you don't have to catch the person in and you can get straight to the point. No time is wasted on casual conversation. It is superior to sending a text when you do not need an instant reply or when you have a lot to communicate. It also leaves a written record to refer back to for a response or if you forget who said what. Email is superior to the traditional office memo because it uses no paper (Save the trees!!) and it can be sent to a whole list of people instantly.
An email client is the program that has
to be on your computer to download and manage emails. Commonly used email
client programs include
Microsoft Outlook, Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail, and Mozilla Thunderbird.
See Wikipedia's list of current and discontinued email clients.
Another way to handle email is with a web-based email account. Your email is managed entirely through web pages. Your computer needs only a browser and a live Internet connection to access email, compose new messages, and to reply to messages. Outlook.com from Microsoft, Yahoo Mail, and Gmail from Google are popular web-based email sites.
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For more on using email - view Prometheus Project tutorial on email
This tutorial is illustrated with an old version of Netscape Mail but the principles are the same for all email.