A webmail application enables you to send and receive e-mails from a web browser without having to create an e-mail inside an app such as Outlook or Thunderbird. If you travel, for example, you can 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 provide you a lot of options such as having an address book or making folders that will later appear in your email client. As the webmail app works with the messages on your server, it is necessary that you employ the IMAP protocol any time you set up an email account on your desktop. You may still use webmail if you choose POP, but older emails won't be available as they will have been downloaded on your computer. You can take advantage of webmail provided that there is any email address set up with your hosting account and using an email application before being able to use webmail is not a requirement, so you can handle your electronic communication completely through a web browser.