The computer generation has made it possible for everyone to keep in touch over a variety of devices, programs and methods. The simple letters sent by mail have been replaced by electronic mail, and while there are some who still prefer envelopes and stamps, the majority of people have adapted to e-mail as their first choice in online communication.
The writing and reading of correspondence in the online world is possible using e-mail programs that are better recognized by the name of email clients. Some of the most popular clients capable of managing ones email are Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Apple Mail or Pegasus Mail. All of these contain user interfaces that display text and allow its alteration, as well as access to many features.
Email software works by storing messages on a remote server; the user gains access to them with a simple click that tells the software to download the email from the server to the user’s computer. These settings can be changed to a complete download of all messages at the same time for example, but options exist depending on what a user desires. Webmail allows access to emails on a server using a web-based application, without the need for installation on a computer.
Email clients have a series of features that make interaction easy and very quick for users. A person can compose an email, using advanced text editors and even attach files or include hyperlinks before sending. Email addresses of friends and acquaintances can be saved in the client and made available for later times. Mass mail to more people is possible with email clients, making sending invitations or the same message to more people easier.
Email programs even have security features which can separate email from address book contacts and email from anonymous or unknown addresses, putting the latter separately. Bulk mail and spam mail are avoided, leaving the user to enjoy only his desired email.