Corresponding with Mail
In This Chapter
Configuring an e-mail account
Receiving and reading e-mail
Organizing mailboxes and mail
Cleaning up junk e-mail
Some futurists say that e-mail, like its paper-based predecessor, is being replaced — in this case, by social networks and by text messages exchanged via mobile phones and other handheld devices. No doubt there are examples of a start-up receiving funding after a Facebook exchange. However — for now, anyway — e-mail remains the professional, not to mention private, secure, and trackable, method of electronic communication. E-mail is fast, (almost always) free, and accessible to anyone with a computer, smartphone, tablet, or e-reader and an Internet connection.
When you have an e-mail account, you have two choices for reading and writing messages:
- Through a web browser, such as Safari or Firefox (see the preceding chapter for the lowdown on Safari)
- Through an e-mail application, such as the Mac’s free Mail ...