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Friday, July 08, 2005

Web-Based Email -- Comcast.Net Mail

AIM Mail, Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and even Comcast.net Mail -- some are better for business, some for consumers, and all are quite useful.

For many of us, web-based e-mail services are a useful adjunct to our home inbox, allowing us to check e-mail while traveling and to privately communicate outside of corporate messaging. But a review of the latest web mail services shows that you can now consider foregoing desktop programs without compromising your communications flow.

ISP Comcast's e-mail offering is more suitable for families than small businesses. Comcast mailbox administrators can establish up to seven e-mail accounts You can also choose how frequently messages are automatically deleted, with choices from once day to never. Comcast limits home user accounts to 250 megabytes of total storage, but businesses can add five e-mail addresses with 20 MB of storage per account for $15 a month. (continued...)

The Comcast.net message center uses colorful icons across the top of the screen for managing messages and provides all of the standard tools for formatting and searching messages. Moving messages to folders is done through a drop down menu on the far right of the screen using a font that is needlessly small.

Comcast does not provide a calendar, and the anti-spam software can not be customized. You can block e-mail addresses from sending messages, and parental controls enable you to block offensive content as well as providing a firewall.

While you can import or export files from Outlook, Outlook Express or Netscape Communicator, there are no options in Comcast.net Mail for setting up contact groups.

Source: InformationWeek

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