In fact, there are a number of open source alternatives available for those who want more freedom, and occasionally, a completely different approach to managing their email without relying on a desktop client.
Squirrel Mail started in 1999 as an early entry into the field of webmail clients, with a focus on low resource consumption on both the server and client side.It requires little in the way of special extensions of technologies to be used, which back when it was created was quite important, as browsers had not yet standardized in the way we expect them to be today. Our conference education committee carefully selects the speakers and topics that are the most relevant and beneficial for today’s industry leaders.Selected speakers receive free conference registration, as well as an opportunity educate and shape the future of this business.S I have to admit, Squirrel Mail (self-described as "webmail for nuts") does not have all of the bells and whistles of some more modern email clients, but it's simple to install and use and therefore was my go-to webmail tool for many years when I was setting up websites and needed a mail client that was easy and "just works." As I am no longer doing client work and shifted towards using forwarders instead of dedicated email accounts for personal projects, I realized it had been awhile since I took a look at Squirrel Mail.
For better or for worse, it's exactly where I left it.The flip side of its somewhat dated interface is that it has been tested and used in production environments for many years, and it's a good choice for someone who wants a webmail client with few frills but also few headaches to administer. Squirrel Mail is written in PHP and is licensed under the GPL. Rainloop is a very modern entry into the webmail arena, and its interface is definitely closer to what you might expect if you're used to Gmail or another commercial email client. Gmail has enjoyed phenomenal success, and regardless of which study you choose to look at for exact numbers, there's no doubt that Gmail is towards the top of the pack when it comes to market share.For certain circles, Gmail has become synonymous with email, or at least with webmail.It comes with a comprehensive search tool, and a number of features on the roadmap, from calendaring to a mobile UI to conversation view, sound promising, but at the moment these missing features do hold it back a bit compared to some other options.