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Old 08-20-2013, 08:47 AM   #21
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It seems to me that relying on MS mail clients other that Outlook is a losing proposition, They are all over the place with Express, MS Mail, Live Mail... Sounds like a lost cause trying to keep up with what works where. Better to switch to a browser interface and take what comes when it comes or adopt one of the client apps that at least seem to continue to be supported on OS after OS like Outlook or Thunderbird.
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Don and others, you've lost me. I must be into the email dark ages ... for me it's just Yahoo and my computer's Outlook for secure type email. It took me awhile to realize I needed a Yahoo email app on my first generation Kindle Fire.

I'm just guessing but are the email interface changes being driven by small screen usage nowadays (smartphones and tablets)?

BTW, I read that Samsung has come out with a mega screen smartphone (6.3 inches). So maybe tablets and smartphones will be a continuum?
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Don and others, you've lost me. I must be into the email dark ages ... for me it's just Yahoo and my computer's Outlook for secure type email. It took me awhile to realize I needed a Yahoo email app on my first generation Kindle Fire.

I'm just guessing but are the email interface changes being driven by small screen usage nowadays (smartphones and tablets)?

BTW, I read that Samsung has come out with a mega screen smartphone (6.3 inches). So maybe tablets and smartphones will be a continuum?
Smart phones and tablets have mail apps that are optimized for the small screens. The few I have used seem pretty nice. But email clients for the desktop are a different story. There doesn't seem to be any need to drastically change them - just evolve them as technology improves. Microsoft has done that with Outlook but not with its "lite" mail client(s). FOr quite a while they bundled Outlook Express (different code base from Outlook) with Internet Explorer. It was the go to home mail client for lots of folks. But then for some reason they dropped it and came out with MS Mail. Then they dumped that and came out with Live Mail. A lot of home users are baffled to buy a new PC and find out they no longer have the MS mail client they got used to over the years. Seems counterproductive to me. I don't much care since I don't use the programs but I have listened to a lot of people who are frustrated by it when I fix their PCs. Could be there is a sensible MS glide path through all this that I am just not aware of.
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One of the problems with cloud-based apps is usually the host/developer can change the UI with little notice to you. Once I've found an app that operates as I like, I prefer to stick with it as it rather than use something new that means I need to (re)learn the tricks to accomplish the same ol' task.
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Interesting thoughts Don.

When I bought my latest desktop PC in 2009 I installed MS Outlook which I purchased separately. Just wanted the funtionality I was familiar with, especially with the calendar feature. I'm sure there are free versions of this on the web but I wanted it to be just easy and familiar.
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