While the concept behind free e-mail (a.k.a. freemail) is not all that new, the features provided by some of the early pioneers are expanding, and the number of players in the field is growing.
While the concept behind free e-mail (a.k.a. freemail) is not all that new, the features provided by some of the early pioneers are expanding, and the number of players in the field is growing. Forget just reading your e-mail from anywhere; freemail providers are including the ability to create and spellcheck your e-mail messages, add e-mail addresses straight from web-based directories such as Four11 (www.four11.com), filter incoming messages, and store more messages than ever before. Popular freemail providers include Hotmail (www.hotmail.com) and Rocketmail (www.rocketmail.com). And this access-your-e-mail-from-anywhere capability has not escaped the minds of those in charge of popular portal sites and internet service providers (ISPs). Providing freemail is a natural extension for the likes of Yahoo! (www.yahoo.com) and AltaVista (www. altavista.digital.com), who want to keep your browser's default home page location set to their site. ISPs are also jumping on the bandwagon, realizing that customers who only use the internet for e-mail will no longer be customers without this free service.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey