A webmail application permits you to send and receive e-mails from an Internet browser without having to set up an e-mail inside a program like Thunderbird or Outlook. When you travel, for example, it is possible to check your e-mail messages from an Internet café and you will not have to download, install or set up anything. Webmail apps are advanced enough to present you with many options like having an address book or creating folders that can afterwards show up in your e-mail app. As a webmail software works with the messages within the server, it is necessary that you employ the IMAP protocol if you create an email account on your PC. You can still use webmail if you pick POP, but old messages won't be available as they will have been downloaded on the PC. You can use webmail provided that there is any sort of e-mail set up with your hosting account and using an e-mail client prior to being able to use webmail is not a prerequisite, so you can handle your electronic communication completely via a web browser.