Mail.app users with Hotmail or Yahoo Mail accounts have long had to use third-party plugins to get hold of their emails.
MacFreePOPs is one such utility that is already Lion-compatible and supports an astonishing range of web-based mail servers, offering POP-like access to your accounts.
Another plugin, mBox Mail , is just for Hotmail users and claims to offer a more “IMAP-like” experience.
It allows mail.app (or any other IMAP-enabled mail client like Thunderbird or Entourage/Outlook) to access Hotmail messages and folders, syncs trash between your mail client and the server and also syncs up drafts, sent mail and message flags.
A patch to make the app Lion-friendly has just been released.
Unlike MacFreePOPs which is donation-ware, an mBox Mail licence costs USD 19.99, although a 30 day free trial is available to try it out first.
I ought to confess that (contrary to my usual commitment) I haven’t tested this out first to see how well it works.
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Tags: Apple Mail, hotmail, macfreepops, plugins, Yahoo