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Another way to keep you email program from downloading your email is to tell it not to remember your password. That way, it cannot check unless you supply the password.
I used to use Outlook Express, but now use Windows Mail (lifted from Vista) on Windows 7 with Virgin Media, Hotmail and Yahoo webmail accounts, but have set the accounts up to "Leave a copy of messages on server". That way you can access/send mail either way - PC or Web.
The slight downside is that I periodically have to delete everything off the webmail account, but that is a small price for the flexibility of being able to access mail both from webmail and the PC using a decent mail client. As you say using a PC program gives the advantage of being able to backup mail and not rely on the "cloud".
Also, Windows Mail from Vista works really well on Windows 7 although I had to go through a few hoops to make it work!
Keep up the good work, Leo.
If you use firefox, you can set any "send email" pop ups to configure with any web-based email programs. Download the add-on "Send Mail in Browser .3" and tell it what email account you want it to use. Now if you are at any website and click "Send us an email" your hotmail (or gmail, or whatever account you specify) should open right up.
Either I did not understand your reader's problem, or your reply, or both. I use g-mail 99% of the time and while reading this article I simply did a right click which opened a "Share this page" menu" with G-mail and Hotmail being two of the choices offered. Facebook is also an option. This leads me to wonder "what the problem is".
Look at http://www.affixa.com/ for a program that will start an email in "Drafts" when one selects "send link" even when you use GMail WebMail.
"The bad news is that if you can only use POP3, then email is downloaded and stored on your PC, meaning that you can only access it from your PC."
I use POP3 with my Gmail account and have it set to download the new mail but leave it on the server.
At home, it works just like any desktop system (I am using windows mail live but will be moving back to Outlook)
On the road, it works just like Gmail except that one of my settings in Gmail is to mark any downloaded messages as read. I shut down my home email software when I leave so that the more important new messages marked as unread when on the road. I have my filters set to mark the (wanted) ads and minor informational emails as read automaticaly so they don't clutter the unread list.
I use Incredimail with Windows 7 for a long time and it makes it all. You just have to set it up as standard email tool at its installation and it makes all for you. When you click "send to" and "email recipient" its window opens instantly.
Thanks for the feedback, Leo - the original question was a little difficult to understand!
I have tried the program Affixa (http://www.affixa.com) suggested by Eric. Looks like a good solution!
I have also face similar problem. And I can get a better solution from techyv. You can use outlook to get this service. http://www.techyv.com/questions/how-do-i-get-send-work-hotmail-or-gmail
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