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Mail Client That Will Sync Across Platforms

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Dirk Diggler, 30 Nov 2015.

  1. Dirk Diggler

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    I've set up POP3 mail for my business account in Outlook.com. It works fine in that I can send and receive mail from the browser. I also have the Android Outlook app installed, and again it can send and receive mail. The issue is with Syncing. If I send from one platform, it doesn't show in the Sent items of the other. Also if I delete on one platform, it still exists on the other.

    Any ideas? Should I persevere with Outlook or try something else? I did try Gmail, but the Inbox app doesn't provide a choice of account to send from. :confused:

    TIA
     
  2. Craig321

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    You could just use IMAP if it's available.
     
  3. Dirk Diggler

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    Ah, so configure both web client and mobile as IMAP? I'll give that a try. Thanks.
     
  4. Craig321

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    Just the mobile client. The web client is already all online, so it'll work in a similar way to IMAP anyway.

    POP is designed to download the email from the server on to your device which is why when you delete something from a device using POP, it won't disappear on the server. IMAP on the other hand is designed so you effectively just view what's on the server rather than downloading it to your machine.

    If you have the Outlook app then it shouldn't be a problem, I would have thought it'd set it up using IMAP or something else rather than POP, unless you specifically chose POP.
     
  5. Dirk Diggler

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    The problem appears to lie with the Outlook web client, it's not giving the option for IMAP, only POP.
     
  6. Craig321

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    I don't think you can change when it's already set up. Try set up a new account and choose IMAP.
     
  7. Dirk Diggler

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    I've tried adding to outlook web by importing but it's a one time action. I need to set a forwarder to my Hotmail account and when I send from the web it doesn't add to sent items on server.

    I think I'll need a better cross platform solution.
     
  8. Namsnik

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    To solve a number of issues I was having I moved to the free (and advert free) version of Zoho mail, configured it to use my business domain. I am not saying that Outlook.com cannot be made to do what you want. But there are other free email solutions out there :)
     
  9. Craig321

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    I'd just use Gmail and set up your existing hotmail account up in the accounts section so everything that comes through there goes straight into gmail. If the Inbox app doesn't let you choose which account you send from, just use the normal gmail app which has more functionality.

    Moving to gmail will give you true cross platform, I've been on it for years with no problems and instant updates across all devices Android, Apple and Windows.

    If you want to stick with Microsoft, then get a 365 business mail account which is around £4 a month.
     
  10. Caged

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    If it's your business then move to a proper mail provider. Office 365 Business Essentials is £3.10 a month per user.

    The advantages include SLAs, and support. And it's not POP.
     
  11. Dirk Diggler

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    Outlook app for android and iOS is working perfectly, so it's really the desktop and web interface I need. If I subscribe to Office 365 Business Essentials, do I get the Outlook software for PC or is it only the web interface?
     
  12. andshrew

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    Business Essentials doesn't include any of the Office applications.

    What version of Outlook are you using? You shouldn't need to use POP or IMAP with Outlook.com accounts, 2013+ has native support for these and older versions have a connector you can install to sync your account.
     
  13. Dirk Diggler

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    Just returning to this, I'm using Mailbird for PC access and it's OK but I'm limited to how many accounts I can use.

    What's the best free app for PC right now?
     
  14. Columbo

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  15. Dirk Diggler

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    Will give it a go, cheers.
     
  16. Craig321

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    Postbox. It's based on Thunderbird and much much better. It isn't free, but it's cheap and there's a full trial.
     
  17. Dirk Diggler

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    I'm not liking Thunderbird. Simple things like saving to sent folder is beyond it apparently.

    What's the cost for postbox, and how long does the free trial last? The website doesn't give out that info.
     
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  18. Dirk Diggler

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    Ignore me, I found the info in the FAQ.

    Will give Postbox a try.