Webmail forwarding

August 29, 2007 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Computers, Web Apps | Leave a comment

When you’re away on holidays or traveling, you may want to change how you collect your email, like forwarding it to a web-mail supported application, someone else, or a mobile device. Or perhaps you’re phasing out an old spam infested email account.

Setting up the old account to forward your email to another account is the easy way to make changes. The mail that arrives at the old is simply sent on to the other account, automatically. It can be kept for later or deleted from the old account. All your email from work, home, and other places can all show up in one place then.

Some web mail providers (like Hotmail & AOL) use proprietary email systems that block certain features available with standard email (the kind you download). This prevents you from forwarding your email like this. Other providers, like Gmail, have tools for collecting email from other sites. It pulls to them rather than forwarding from the other.

But you have to know the server names and have the ability to translate from the proprietary systems to pull this off. Other services have shown up to do this but they tend to cost or are a little fiddly to set up. Today I ran into a tool for a friend of mine that looks to care of the issue for him.


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