A webmail app enables you to send and receive e-mails through a web browser without the need to create an e-mail address inside a program such as Outlook or Thunderbird. If you travel, for example, you are able to check your emails from an Internet café and you will not have to download, install or set up anything. Webmail applications are advanced enough to present you with a number of options such as using an address book or creating folders that can later come in your e-mail app. As a webmail software works with the messages on the server, it is crucial that you employ the IMAP protocol if you create an e-mail account on your desktop. You can still use webmail if you select POP, but old messages will not be available because they will have been downloaded on your computer. You can take advantage of webmail as long as there is any email address set up with your hosting account and using an e-mail application prior to being able to use webmail is not a requirement, so that you can control your electronic communication entirely through an Internet browser.