There's a new "free" Webmail player in town. This is good news for Hotmail and Yahoo users, disgruntled by new Terms of Service and fee-for-service agreements. As long as you own a Mac with OS9 or higher.

As discussed in this article about Yahoo! and this article about Hotmail, many free email providers are switching to fee-based premium services.

Mac Soap Opera As the Apple Turns is reporting that Apple is trying to "out-Hotmail, Hotmail" by setting up its own Web-based email system.

Designed only for iTools users -Apple's version of MSN- the Webmail application is in Beta testing, but open for public use. Anyone with an iTools account can access Apple's Webmail application by visiting http://webmail.mac.com/.

AtAT is reporting such features as checking third-party POP accounts, availability in English and Japanese and a 5 MB mail limit.