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Old 13. Dec 2009, 12:27 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Thanks Fireboy, I'll look into that.
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Old 15. Dec 2009, 10:02 PM   #32 (permalink)
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This may be out of date but here's what I said in my old "46 Best-ever Freeware" list:

13 Best Free Web Mail Accessory

It's a real plus to be able to collect your Hotmail, Yahoo! or other Webmail using your POP3 email client. It used to be simple but these days most Webmail services only provide POP3 access for premium paid accounts. However it's still possible to do it though by using a special utility designed for the job.

If you use Yahoo! mail then head straight for YPOPs! [1] that allows you to download your Yahoo webmail from within your POP3 email client such as Outlook, Thunderbird or Eudora. It's free, easy top set up using the instructions on the web site and is simple to use. I use it on multiple Yahoo accounts and it works wonderfully.

The second suggestion is a free utility called FreePOPs [2]. It's a much more flexible product than YPOPs! and will download mail from HotMail, AOL, Yahoo!, Juno, Libero and a myriad of other webmail services as well. It's power and flexibility can confuse new users but thankfully there is a clearly written tutorial for beginners [3] . FreePOPS is for receiving email only and has no sending capabilities.

A third possibility is the Open Source program MrPostman [4] which offers similar functionality to FreePOPs and allows access to email accounts on MS Exchange 5.5 as well. It needs a bit of fiddling to work correctly but you'll find a couple of links below [5], [6} that will help you. My only reservation is that product development seems to have ceased. Note that MrPostman requires the Java Runtime Environment to be installed on your PC.

Another webmail accessory you might useful is POP Peeper, a free utility that lets you know when new mail arrived in your Webmail account. It installs a little tray icon that alerts you to new mail in your Hotmail, MSN, Yahoo, Mail.com, MyWay, Excite, Lycos.com, or RediffMail accounts. It's particularly useful for users who have multiple webmail webmail services. It won't though, download your mail to your POP3 email client. To do that you need one of the products above. It does however, allow you to read and even respond to your mail within the product without opening your email program. This makes it very attractive to Webmail users who don't use a regular email client such as Outlook or Thunderbird.
[1] http://www.ypopsemail.com/ Free GPL license, Win95 and later, 1.48MB
[2] http://www.freepops.org Freeware, Windows 98 and later, 813KB
[3] http://www.freepops.org/en/tutorial/index.shtml
[4] http://mrpostman.sourceforge.net/ Free Open Source, 1.5MB
[5] http://2mod2.com/mohot/ <= Installing Mr Postman
[6] http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=68124 <= MrPostman forum
[7] http://www.poppeeper.com/ Freeware, Windows 95 and later, 818KB
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Old 16. Dec 2009, 02:54 AM   #33 (permalink)
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You're right on the POP issue, but there is a workaround of Yahoo Mail, and every other email now supports POP.
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Old 16. Dec 2009, 03:51 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Sign up to GMX. www.gmx.com.

That is a web mail app that can also act as a mail collector for any other mail application.
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I used POP Peeper for like years. Very useful and it helped to keep all my email accounts alive. Since I've moved to Gmail and Google Apps I've sort of let the other accounts lapse.
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I used POP Peeper for like years. Very useful and it helped to keep all my email accounts alive. Since I've moved to Gmail and Google Apps I've sort of let the other accounts lapse.
Google Apps? Meh. I much prefer having my own suite of free software, as opposed to a Google pack based on Gears.
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Sign up to GMX. www.gmx.com.

That is a web mail app that can also act as a mail collector for any other mail application.
I gave GMX a try. Surprisingly it's so easy to use with its Mail Collector, retrieving my so-difficult-to-retrieve-from-elsewhere Yahoo mails so easily.

Just select a provider, enter your data, click setup with default settings, and confirm. That's it. Forget about the terms, POP or IMAP, or incoming mail servers, outgoing mail servers and so forth.

The best so far, I think. Go and register your favorite username before others get yours.
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Old 17. Dec 2009, 04:43 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Google Apps? Meh. I much prefer having my own suite of free software, as opposed to a Google pack based on Gears.
I meant Google Apps for hosting my own domain and email. Not Google Pack though that too is handy for a few free apps like...

Google Chrome Web Browser
Google Apps
Google Desktop
Adobe Reader
Google Talk
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Google Earth
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Old 20. Dec 2009, 02:26 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Hi everybody
nice to see that my question raised so much interest

Unfortunately I cannot use any POP/IMAP client when I work at my customer's site. They don't allow this.
And yes, I need to boot and work on Windows, on my customer's laptop. I also need to work behind their firewall and in their network/intranet.

So the only solution in my opinion would be to check my mail accounts on the Web (using IE or Firefox).

I found out that I can use Google Mail to retrieve mail also from other accounts. I was using Google Mail to retrieve my Gmail mails and also my e-mails from other 3 accounts. However the retrieval period is not customizable and I'm not sure how often messages from other accounts are retrieved. I'm afraid not to often... something like every 30 minutes sometimes... which is often not acceptable for me.

I think someone should invent a new portal where you could add gadgets that let you retreive your mail directly from your mail accounts. That person could make money!
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I found out that I can use Google Mail to retrieve mail also from other accounts. I was using Google Mail to retrieve my Gmail mails and also my e-mails from other 3 accounts. However the retrieval period is not customizable and I'm not sure how often messages from other accounts are retrieved. I'm afraid not to often... something like every 30 minutes sometimes... which is often not acceptable for me.
I believe you can get gmail to retrieve new mail at any time by clicking on "Inbox". At least, that's what's worked for me.
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