Webmail hosting - Webmail web hosting services . All our plans at Vision Web Hosting Inc. comes with built-in webmail client which allows you to read your email from any computer from any place around the world. Webmail is a web application that allows webmail users to read and write e-mail using a web browser or in a more general sense an email account accessed through such an application. All these features are supported with all our plans!
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Historically, the first webmail web hosting service was Hotmail, created in 1995 by Sabeer Bhatia of India and Jack Smith. Hotmail became very popular, and was later bought by Microsoft and re-branded MSN Hotmail.
Since then, webmail hosting offerings are widespread, with offers ranging from Chinese portal Sina to European portals such as Voila.fr or GMX.de.
In early 2004, Google announced the arrival of Gmail, a free search-based webmail solution including new features such as a 1 GB storage limit (now expanded to over 2 GB, and growing at a current rate of an additional 134.4 kilobytes added on to a user's inbox per hour), conversation threading and labels to replace the need for folders. It also featured small contextual text-based advertisements based upon the content of messages (though for a short while this did provoke some privacy concerns). This has strongly stimulated competition in this sphere, forcing most webmails, and in particular Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail, to review their web-mails offers and increase their storage from a few MB to several hundred MB.
There is webmail hosting software available that allows one to create ones own webmail server, notably open source software such as Horde IMP or SquirrelMail. Many universities take advantage of this software to provide students and faculty with university webmail. Also, more and more Internet Service Providers offer webmail for their customers. The market for webmail has two primary competitors: Hotmail is in at 33% and Yahoo Mail is in at 30%. Gmail, despite causing quite a stir of publicity, only has 4%, mainly due to its invite only policy. The remaining is held by much smaller providers.
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