A virtual war is being waged in cyberspace that will benefit millions of internet users.

BBC reports that The battleground is e-mail, a service which, for many, virtually defines their online existence.
Some of the web’s free e-mailers have been around for years, but 2004 promises to usher in a new era entirely.
The battle began when Google revealed its own service, Gmail, and the implications could hardly have been more far-reaching.