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Friday, April 15th, 2005, 2:01 pm

Local or Web-based E-mail

Mail boxes

A large number of users migrate from local mail store and private accounts (often provided by their ISP) to on-line E-mail services such as GMail. The two different mail management paradigms suit different people, though here are some factors to consider:

Web-based (e.g. Yahoo, Gmail) Local (e.g. Outlook, Thunderbird)
Powerful search facilities Google Desktop under Windows
Requires live connection to access Can manage mail off-line
Accessible from anywhere With popping disabled (or IMAP), accessible from anywhere
Saves local storage Space-consuming
Limited storage volume Storage volume almost unbounded
Arduous back-up process Simple to back up
Slow interaction faster interaction
Less secure (e.g. cache, packet sniffing) relatively secure

Experience has taught me that it is ‘healthy’ to combine both, but “different strokes for different folks”.

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