Earthlink has announced its new webmail service, which is built on the Laszlo platform, meaning it produces Flash-based applications. Rivals to the Enhanced Webmail service, Gmail, AOL and Hotmail, all use DHTML.

Webmail, generally, is slow and chunky and Earthlink is hoping to sidestep this problem by using Flash technology. John Folz, from Earthlink, said: "It doesn't behave like a Web page at all."

Earthlinks Jerry Grasso said: We've been the first to market in a number of areas, like anti-spam technology. And this plays right into that. Flash lets us build a rich new application, the first in the business that duplicates the desktop e-mail