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Poll: What do you prefer for sending and receiving e-mails?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / June 29, 2012 9:37 AM PDT
What do you prefer for sending and receiving e-mails?

-- Web-based email (Yahoo mail, Gmail, Windows Live/Hotmail...) (Why?)
-- Desktop e-mail client (Outlook, Thunderbird...) (Why?)
-- I use both: Web mail and my desktop e-mail client. (Why both?)
-- Does snail mail count? (Do you have Internet?)
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If you've ever used IMAP - you'll never go back!
by Ted de Castro / June 29, 2012 12:08 PM PDT

I use a service that supports IMAP mail (FASTMAIL) with Thunderbird. Works great AND I get web access too!

I first used IMAP at work and like the power and so chose to use it at home too.

I've had no problems, all the features and web access too.

Even my android (1.6) tablet supports imap!

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e-mail program
by Ron Geiken / June 29, 2012 12:26 PM PDT

I use Thunderbird for my ISP e-mail and Web for my G mail and Yahoo mail. Most of my desired e-mail comes from my ISP. I set up my G mail and Yahoo mail quite a while ago when my ISP had a much smaller limit on the size of the mail box. I like having all three so I have some options. I prefer Thunderbird to the Web Based. I actually could bring my G mail and Yahoo mail into Thunderbird bit don't. With Thunderbird it is a lot easier to handle my e-mail account.

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Preferred e-mail, maybe
by burff / June 29, 2012 12:29 PM PDT

For personal e-mails I've used Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail and a couple different ISPs. My current ISP, Verizon offers tons of storage and pretty reliable service. I can't say much about the e-mail's UI, it works slightly different in each of the browsers I've experimented with. IE is the most flexible but its really fast under Chrome.

I guess the main reason I use an ISP e-mail, I got real tired of the downloading to mostly Outlook. That for me was the most unreliable part of the whole thing, I had more trouble getting my mail than anything else. It didn't matter where the mail was coming from; the trip from Host to Client was fraught with adventure. It got to the point where I was never sure if I received all my mail, I've grown accustom to it being there every time I log in.

That's it in a nutshell.


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What do you prefer for sending and receiving e-mails?
by gunnerds / June 29, 2012 1:21 PM PDT

I use web base e-mail because of the fact that when I started using E-mail I was in the country (horses,cows & farms) and when broadband showed up you only had one choice. Then later you had some one else. And then that company got bought out by somebody that got bought by somebody etc.

So I went from to to then moved to the city and had to go to a different provider and then that changed to at&

So why do I use web based E-mail ? So I never have to change settings again.

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Emails - WEB v Desktop
by MickyYou / June 29, 2012 8:52 PM PDT

I use both but have moved towards more Web base solutions, mainly via Gmail. Still use desk top for mainly for method local storage and back up of confidential items. This includes also items which I judge to need to keep "thread" on certain transactions and company communications. Especially now with the availability of cloud and possibility of making a mistake and filing item into a cloud sharing type storage.

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Both and Here's Why

Primarily I use Mac Mail. Works great and don't have any problems. I also set up a Gmail account for junk which I signed up for, etc., but really don't want to read.

Then I discovered that either Mac Mail or Charter ( my ISP) would not let me email, send or receive, certain files. Could be the file size or sometimes an unknown reason. Gmail would, however send/receive the same files. I'm not tech savvy and I don't know why, but it doesn't matter. You just have to find what works for you.

The only problem I have with the Gmail account is that I have to warn folks not to send email to me at that address unless I know it is coming because I never look at it.

That reminds me. I better check my Gmail and see if there is anything there I need to read Happy

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Mainly Desktop email client
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 30, 2012 7:39 AM PDT

for my ISP email account, using Thunderbird.

It also has a web-based interface but I rarely use that.


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Choices choices choices
by netsiu / June 30, 2012 1:33 PM PDT

I use Outlook. the rest of my familey use web based.

When Outlook Express came bundled with windows it was a simple choice. But now with windows void of a mail client it is whether you want to pay for a client (think Thunderbird is free) or just use your client web server.

I don't know about Thunderbird but Outlook allows me to leave undeleted mail on the server. I then if away from my Desktop still access my mail through the server.

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Gmail all the way, used for approx. 6 years
by ricku9999 / July 9, 2012 3:41 PM PDT

Like Gmail's spam filters. Also has many many other filters that you can use, from, subject, etc. Mostly use with Google Chrome because it's extremely fast. Also use with Outlook & IMAP, which works great also.

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Re:What do you prefer for sending and receiving e-mails?

I always prefer to yahoo eamail becauese it is so easy and comforable for every one.
it is no difficult for unknown peope.

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