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e-mail program

Software in the user's computer, tablet or smartphone that accesses the mail servers in a local or remote network. Also known as an "e-mail client," "mail client," "mail program," and "mail reader," it provides the ability to send and receive e-mail messages and file attachments. Examples of e-mail programs for personal computers are Outlook, Eudora and Thunderbird.

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E-mail programs are local applications that years ago had more features than Web-based e-mail, which uses the Web browser as the interface. As Web mail interfaces improve, there are fewer advantages of the stand-alone e-mail client, except in smartphones where viewing a Web page is cumbersome. Smartphone mail programs are designed for small screens.

In addition, before mail can be retrieved, e-mail programs must be installed in the computer, and mail server addresses and protocols must be configured. Although smartphone mail clients are pre-installed, they still require configuration.

In contrast, users can log into their Web-based e-mail from any computer in the world with username and password. Nevertheless, people get used to software, and it only takes one or two features in an e-mail client program to make it preferable to the Web browser interface. See e-mail interfaces, messaging system, universal client, POP3 and IMAP4.
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Patent and Trademark Office has issued patent number USP 6,871,215, titled "Universal Mail Wireless Email Reader.
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BUSINESS WIRE)--April 14, 1997--Millennia Software today announced Email Reader Plus(TM), mobile communication software that lets people listen and respond to their email messages over any phone while away from the office or home computer.
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With Email Reader, you can listen to your latest messages whenever you want them and wherever you are -- from your car, a restaurant, a friend's house, an airport or a customer's office," said Bill Grubb, Millennia's chief executive officer.
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