wlape3 wrote:Yes, you can use Outlook Express too but I find gmail much easier to access as I don't have to be on my home pc to do it.
If you use Gmail or have a domain hosted by Google apps, you can configure your email to be access by an IMAP email client. If you have more than one system and you set up Outlook or Thunderbird to get your mail as an IMAP client you will always see all of your mail from either machine. Not as easy with POP3 because POP3 will want to download and delete mail from the server. When you do that with multiple computers unless you tweak the settings mail you receive on one machine will not be visible on another. IMAP solves that for email clients.
With Gmail you also have web access so if you are borrowing a computer and do not want to set up a client, you can still get to all of your mail from the web page.
Yahoo doesn't (or didn't, not sure what their stance is now) allow you IMAP access unless you pay a premium. If you have multiple email addresses from multiple vendors (hotmail, yahoo, aol, gmail) take a look at gmx.com. You can easily set up web access to all of you email on one web page.