A webmail application allows you to send out and receive messages by way of an Internet browser without having to set up an email address inside an app such as Outlook or Thunderbird. When 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 at all. Webmail apps are advanced enough to provide you with lots of options like having an address book or creating folders that can later on appear in your e-mail app. As a webmail application works with the messages within the server, it is important that you use the IMAP protocol if you configure an e-mail account on your PC. You may still use webmail if you select POP, but older emails won't 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 inside your hosting account and using an e-mail client before being able to use webmail is not a prerequisite, so you're able to control your electronic communication completely via an Internet browser.