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zduck
08-04-2003, 02:28 PM
I'm thinking about creating a new webmail application that is more like Outlook Express than current webmail apps. It would only support existing POP3 boxes. So basically it would be an online OE. The reason I want to do this is because I'm just sick of using an offline program like OE for my email. I move between computers quite often and I also wipe & reformat my comps every few months on average. So the program thing is just getting to be a pain. Plus I move between Linux and Windows... I've tried using current webmail apps for this but I haven't found one that works well enough. I have multiple emails so I its a pain to just login to each individual one on the provided webmail apps from the email providers. I need something that handles them all together and allows sending of emails from each POP account individually, not one parent address. Yahoo sort of does this but they charge, soo... I'd like to find out if any others would find something like this useful.

Thanks

Spookster
08-04-2003, 04:40 PM
Many of the popular webmail services already support checking of multiple pop3 email accounts.

Outlook has a webmail app that has been around for many years.

zduck
08-04-2003, 05:05 PM
Well can you give some sites? I've tried Yahoo! and Hotmail and without paying they don't have what I need. What is Outlooks webmail app?

Spookster
08-04-2003, 07:44 PM
Originally posted by zduck
Well can you give some sites? I've tried Yahoo! and Hotmail and without paying they don't have what I need. What is Outlooks webmail app?

Yahoo allows you to check other POP3 accounts without having to pay. I use Yahoo to check all my accounts when I am out of town.

The Outlook web app I believe comes with the Microsoft Echange server system or it might be an add on piece. All I know is that I have used it in the past with two different organizations that had set up the microsoft echange server system.

zduck
08-05-2003, 12:10 AM
I know you can 'check' multiple POP accounts from Yahoo without paying but you can't send from those POP accounts without paying.

oracleguy
08-05-2003, 12:35 AM
Originally posted by Spookster
The Outlook web app I believe comes with the Microsoft Echange server system or it might be an add on piece. All I know is that I have used it in the past with two different organizations that had set up the microsoft echange server system.

That comes with Exchange Server. Works quite well, I might add too.

Yahoo! and such don't change that much for the capability. And it usually includes things like a bigger inbox, no ads inserted at the end of your emails, etc. And if you are going to have multiple email accounts dumping into it, it couldn't hurt to have a bigger inbox. It is sort of like one of those things, you get what you pay for.

Spookster
08-05-2003, 03:06 AM
Originally posted by oracleguy
That comes with Exchange Server. Works quite well, I might add too.



I used to use it using IE at fullscreen. It looks so much like standalone software I forget it is a webpage and try to use it like regular software.

bazz
08-05-2003, 03:58 AM
I use the webmail program hosted by my ISP. Yeh OK i pay for it but its part of the basic package with them and it gives me 5 email addresses up to 50mb web space (iirc) and webmail. Other things too that I cant recall. I'm presently up to 100MB of web space and its still onyl 100 pa.

AFAIK, they use squirrelmail and it works well enough for me. If I want, they can send all mail from all accounts to the one inbox, though I havent go them to do this. Compete wth address book and I can customise the front end to my own preference. It may not have the full range of facilities of OE but it has everything that I used in it when I did.

But like you, I got tired of losing messages if the PC crashed or if I cleaned up the hard drive.



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