What is an email client

Email client

An email client is the software that can be used to create, send, receive, filter and read emails. In MHS systems, mail clients function as Mail User Agents (MUA), which transfer the entered messages to the mail server, the Mail Transfer Agent (MTA), using the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). E-mail clients can be stand-alone programs, but they can also be an integral part or a plug-in of web browsers or smartphone browsers.


In addition to the aforementioned functions of creating, sending, collecting, filtering and reading, e-mail clients offer a number of additional functions such as forwarding e-mails to other mail servers, copying in other recipients as carbon copy (CC) or blind carbon Copy (BCC), the address management in the address book, the sending of mass mails, the automatic confirmation of receipt for e-mails, the automatic reply to absenteeism, the e-mail sent at a certain time, the addition of attachments with different file formats and many more Functions more.

Functionally, e-mail clients receive their e-mails in the inbox, the inbox, in which all incoming e-mails are stored. Filter the e-mails in mail filters, virus scanners and spam filters according to certain criteria, such as advertising e-mails and spam, and sort the other e-mails according to the date of receipt, according to keywords in the subject or content, or according to the sender, and place store them in the appropriate storage space. Outgoing emails are stored in the outbox.

There are various email clients. Some of the more popular ones include Microsoft Office Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, Apple Mail, Eudora, and more.