mail hosting versus exchange

Mail hosting is probably the most common type of email server. Most web-hosting providers include POP3 email service with all levels of web hosting. So, if you were to use a webmail service, such as yahoo, hotmail, or gmail, this would be an example of mail hosting. Web hosting has a few advantages.

First, the email stays on the server, so it is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. If you read a message on your home computer, you can close your web browser and the message is still in your email, located on a remote server. Second, since it stays on the server, any malicious software in the email is not automatically downloaded to your computer. This is very nice for preventing virus transmission.

With web hosting, in order to get the virus, you must download whatever malicious content is in the email onto your computer. One disadvantage of this type of email is that if you lose your internet connection, you lose access to the messages since they are not on your computer and are only being accessed via the internet.

An exchange server is similar to POP3, except with IMAP email hosting the messages stay on the server. This method of email service has a couple pros and cons. Exchange Email Server is a product of Microsoft which is an operating system designed specifically to be a server. By far exchange is the best for large organizations but it comes at a price. You have to maintain or lease your own exchange dedicated server, which means you will have the initial expense of buying and configuring a server, plus the expense of maintaining it. With exchange often comes many other productivity features such as shared address books and calendaring.



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