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    Has anyone noticed that ISP's want you to use web mail now?

    Maybe it's just me as I've been a long Bellsouth DSL customer and now ATT uverse but;

    They have dropped all 3rd party support for email --- be it OE6, outlook, thunderbird or any 3rd party email client. They (ATT) only supports the web mail now.

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    Hmm, what are they doing, blocking smtp and pop ports or what do you mean by dropping support? Only ATT email accounts not supported?
    Last edited by Infinicore; 2011-10-24 at 23:17.

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    They have changed the configuration a few month's back when ATT started using Yahoo servers and today they have changed the pop incoming & outgoing config's.
    How ever many of the old configurations are still working--- for the time being and how long, who knows.

    ALL new email accounts are to there web mail page. I called them 3 different times to make sure.

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    They have dropped all 3rd party support for email --- be it OE6, outlook, thunderbird or any 3rd party email client.
    I seriously doubt that they could/would actually do that; Block the ports of installation based email clients.
    Maybe they mean that they will no longer offer tech support for the various email clients.

    I wouldn't know though, I've used a web based service for years now that I travel quite a bit.
    An os installed email client with a web based service. No ISP based email for years. No issues.

    Sound like they are attempting to simplify or reduce their tech support??

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    JagWorld,

    Use GMAIL problem solved. I just went through the painful process, and believe me it was painful, of switching all my email to GMAIL from Earthlink. I've been using Earthlink for over 12 years but I finally decided that I didn't want to be tied to any ISP, which is what using their Email service basically does. I now have the freedom to switch ISPs at the drop of a hat should a better deal come along or if I just get pissed at their poor service. YMMV

    I now have 3 GMail addresses 1 for Social Networking, 1 for Family & Close friends, and 1 for Financial matters. This keeps things nicely separated.
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    Give Hotmail a try. Microsoft has made significant improvements to it over the last couple of years.

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    Is Hotmail "cleaner" than it was before....... created a hotmail account once and got 140 porn messages the next day.

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    I have backup Email accounts with Hotmail (live mail), Yahoo, and Google that I use for online purchases and web applications that I suspect could result in Spam. I see less junk mail now in Hotmail than the others and i find Hotmails Spam filter extremely effective. Its rare to find a spam email in the Inbox and Ive never had a legitimate email in the junk folder. That's a big change from several years ago when I also picked up a bunch of Spam immediately after signing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnight View Post
    Is Hotmail "cleaner" than it was before....... created a hotmail account once and got 140 porn messages the next day.

    Barbara
    I agree with Jerry's post #8. Hotmail is much, much better than it used to be. It uses the same junk filter that is used by Outlook and the Forefront server products. The junk filter effectiveness is constantly be evaluated and updated. I use a couple of Hotmail accounts for subscriptions and other things at work and never see spam in my inboxes.

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    Plus, to bring it all around, desktop client support for Hotmail, in the form of WLM is terrific. Microsoft took it away for a while during the demise of Outlook Express and only grandfather accounts worked, but at the moment s'all good...til they maybe decide to take it away again for some unknown reason. GMail works ok too. Yahoo had to be a paid account still last time I checked.

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    I doubt that desktop access to Hotmail will be removed any time soon. Too much riding on locking people into various software stacks and services.

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    Oh sure, I doubt it too...but they have done it in the past when it served their purposes.

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    I've been taking my customers off of ISP email and signing them up for GMAIL, ever since Google entered into the eMail business.
    So far, I've had no-one want to go back to their old ISP mail.

    For XP users, O.E. and Gmail make an awesome combination.
    For Vista users, Windows Mail and Gmail, are great.
    For Windows 7 users, Again, it's Windows Mail and Gmail, if you know how to activate Windows Mail in Win-7. If not, use Mozilla's Thunderbird.
    I'm using Thunderbird right now, on Windows 8.

    The setup to Gmail is almost automatic. You just need to fill in the most basic info and select "PoP" as the server type and you're done.

    Gmail is just super easy to set up on any email program.
    Change ISP's and you NEVER have to change your email address.

    I just love simple things that actually WORK!

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    @DrWho;
    What mail are you referring to ? If it's Vista -- how does one get mail client into win7 ??
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    What mail are you referring to ? If it's Vista -- how does one get mail into win7 ??
    I'm sure he'll clarify but Windows Live Mail client and GMail work fine together in W7.

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