Email has become the ubiquitous office tool and while it may soak up hours of the day writing and responding to, without it your business is likely to flounder. The important discussion for any company is whether they opt for a server based solution, or proving increasingly popular, a web-based email client.
IMAP email control
IMAP, or Internet Mail Access Protocol, allows you to store email centrally on an email server, letting you manage your messages remotely. While useful with slower connections, this method is particularly useful with broadband, as it suits those who access their email both at home and from other locations (the office, an internet café, Internet kiosk etc) with different programs. You can choose IMAP settings from most popular mail clients such as Outlook and Outlook Express.
Free Web-based email for all your staff
With IMAP installed you can choose to use your own email program for free and access it from any Web enabled location. This frees you up from relying on advertisement-supported services such as Google, Hotmail or Yahoo mail and allows you and all your employees or colleagues to see all your mail archives and attachments.
The advantage of this method is that it works in exactly the same way as IMAP driven email but being based in The Cloud, users can access it from anywhere, making it ideal for remote workers or those isued with a BlackBerry or similar smartphone.