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Out Of The Box

Should you store your e-mail on the Web?

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This story appears in the May 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Web-based e-mail is coming into its own in '98. The big plus: When your e-mail is stored on a Web site, you can check it from any computer; there's no special software required. That means your e-mail is as close as the nearest "cyber cafe" in any city worldwide. If you're in Singapore and your computer is at home, you can pop into the airport's Internet depot, pay a few dollars to rent a computer, log on to the Web, and read and respond to your mail.

Proof of the growing popularity of Web-based e-mail is that for some months, AOL has been testing NetMail by giving members who are using recent editions of Microsoft Internet Explorer the ability to fetch their mail from a Web site (for more information, go to http://www.aol.com). And Microsoft recently bought Hotmail (http://www.hotmail.com) with the intention of turning the Web-based mail service into a Web-based post office for Microsoft Network (MSN) subscribers.

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