If you’re struggling with the “which is better” question, you’ll find no definitive answers here, mostly because, there is no definitive answer. For some users, a desktop client will run rings around webmail any day of the week. For others, a desktop client is unnecessary and limiting compared to webmail. Which is best depends entirely on you.
Besides bringing more complex design, webmail brought certain limitations as well. Although almost every webmail service is available for free, most of these services display ads. There’s usually an option to switch to a premium version of the service in order to remove ads, but many users don’t like the idea of paying a monthly fee for an ad-free experience. If you’re not too keen on ads, desktop email clients might be just what you need. In fact, finding an ad-free email client for Windows isn’t that hard — you just have to find one that that suits your needs.
Webmail lacks support for custom domains. If you own your own company and use a custom domain, you won’t be able to use that domain with most webmail services unless you choose to upgrade to premium. Some webmail services such as Outlook don’t have support for custom domains at all, so you might want to think twice before choosing webmail over a desktop email client.
Desktop email clients are also a better choice if you use two or more email address. If you use both Gmail and Outlook, for example, you’ll have to log in to each of the two services in order to check your email. This isn’t a problem for most regular users but if you rely heavily on email for communication, checking two or more webmail services several times a day and responding to emails might become a tedious process.
Using a desktop email client, you can easily manage two or even more email accounts right from a single application. Accounts don’t even have to be on the same domain: you can basically have an unlimited number of email accounts across multiple domains and check them all with a single click of a button right from your desktop email client.
Another benefit of desktop email clients is the ability to access your email offline. When you use a desktop email client, all your emails are downloaded to your computer where you can read them, prepare replies and check attachments even if you’re not online. This is extremely useful if you’re traveling or don’t have a constant internet connection.
What should you choose?
A Desktop Email Client May Be Best For You If:
Webmail May Be Best For You If:
What do we use?
We prefer email clients and use thunderbird. Thunderbird is open source and has many features. We will make one new post for all thunderbird has to offer so stay tuned. Subscribe to our email list to get our awesome posts right into your inbox.