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Should you store your e-mail on the Web?

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

Web-based e-mail is coming into its own in '98. The bigplus: When your e-mail is stored on a , you can check itfrom any computer; there's no special softwarerequired. That means your e-mail is as close as thenearest "cyber cafe" in any city worldwide. Ifyou're in and your computer is at home, you can popinto the airport's depot, pay a few dollars to rent acomputer, log on to the Web, and read and respond to your mail.

Proof of the growing popularity of Web-based e-mail is that forsome months, has been testing NetMail by giving members who areusing recent editions of the ability tofetch their mail from a Web site (for more information, go to AndMicrosoft recently bought ( with theintention of turning the Web-based mail service into a Web-basedpost office for Microsoft Network (MSN) subscribers.

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