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MacBytes
Oct 24, 2006, 11:31 AM
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Link: Mail.app webmail plugins: Current state of play (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20061024123131)
Description:: Apple Mail users with webmail-based email accounts can use a number of plugins and apps to get their emails into Mail.app where they can process them with more power and pleasure. I had occasion to look at them again today. One is working well, one seems not to be working with Yahoo! and Hotmai/MSN at the moment and the other might be working or not.

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mkrishnan
Oct 24, 2006, 11:40 AM
Mail Forward is interesting... I didn't know about it when I set up HTTPMail or later switched to MacFreePOPs (so that I could do Yahoo and Hotmail at the same time). Since I've got the latter running fine now, I don't see any reason to switch, but Mail Forward uses a different approach and seems to do so nicely. The only disadvantage I really see, if I understand correctly, is that Mail Forward doesn't preserve the separate mailbox and separate incoming/outgoing address of the forwarded account. Whereas MacFreePOPs acts exactly as if I had POP access to Yahoo or Hotmail.

Anyway, it also still astonishes me that Google and AOL both offer large, free e-mail accounts with free POP (Google) and IMAP (AOL) access, and Yahoo and Hotmail try to convince you to pay for this.

dr_lha
Oct 24, 2006, 11:54 AM
Thanks for pointing out that AOL gives out free IMAP! I was looking for a free IMAP email account. I'm already signed up. ;)

mkrishnan
Oct 24, 2006, 12:02 PM
Thanks for pointing out that AOL gives out free IMAP! I was looking for a free IMAP email account. I'm already signed up. ;)

Yeah, I think it's a new thing. First, they automatically started creating e-mail accounts under users' AIM screennames, and so I tried out their webmail very quickly. But then also, NetZero started advertising that you could keep your AOL e-mail address if you switched from AOL to NetZero, and so I went back, and sure enough, they're not only doing it, but doing it via IMAP, which is a really nice bonus. :) Also, I think, like Google, they give you ~2GB of storage. And your e-mail address is your AIM screenname @aol.com or @aim.com (both appear to work for me).