MailStore backs up your PC-, web-mail for free

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MailstoreextendedsearchHere’s a nifty little backup solution for your mail and it’s free. MailStore is a Windows application that will backup all of your mail, and not just from Outlook or Outlook Express. It supports mail storage from Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Windows Mail, Exchange, and (most attractive to me) POP as well as IMAP mailboxes. That’s good news for folks with web-based POP / IMAP accounts. I’m definitely transitioning away from Exchange in favor of Gmail’s IMAP offering and MailStore could be just the ticket for a localized backup in case it rains on the cloud.There’s some intelligent features built into MailStore as well: attachments are only saved once to save space, previews of mail items are available in the app and you can search through your archives through an Extended Search feature. Not a bad deal for free!(via Cybernet)

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Wow, another timely post. As we approach the new year, I am trying to figure out how to effectively consolidate and archive all of the old email from the dozen or so accounts I have (and the 25 Outlook .pst files scattered around my backup hard drives!!!). The big issue for me is finding a solution that lets me search for (and actually find) older email messages — which is next to impossible the way things are now. The “little” issue will be to figure out how to rationalize all of my email accounts so that I have only 1 or 2 places to go to check all of my email (I’m looking hard at using Gmail for this one).

This application looks promising (almost too good to be true). I’ll definitely give it a whirl. Thanks for the tip.

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