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Apple revamps .Mac webmail UI

updated 09:40 pm EDT, Thu October 26, 2006

New .Mac webmail UI

Apple today launched its revamped webmail user interface on .Mac, its suite of paid internet services. The company previewed the interface several weeks ago, but did not provide a release date. On Thursday, the company quietly launched the new UI, which is akin to its Mail.app desktop email client. Mail.app ships free with its operating systems, including both Panther and Tiger. Dot-Mac (.Mac), which costs $99/year, offers a plethora of services, including file sharing with 1GB of combined storage, photo sharing, email, backup, group collaboration, computer-to-computer sync services, and integration with iWeb, Apple's webpage creation application, and Mac OS X. The new interface brings drag & drop support, a message pane, smart refreshes, quick reply, an integrated Address Book, message previews, message flagging, and keyboard shortcuts.




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  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    awesome!

    seems a bit slow, but i love the new features

  1. rxden

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    new .mac interface

    now if apple would only bundle this email ineterface with osx server instead of that clunky, ugle squirrel mail that is impossible for average users to admin we would all be in a better place.

  1. cherrypop

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Great so far

    I have to say that when I first saw the new Mail UI preview banner on .Mac I was unimpressed: it's just mail.

    After using it a few hours this morning, I really like it. The only thing it's missing is junk mail handling.

    I posted some screen snaps at apple=project.com for those of you without DotMac.

  1. nativeNYer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    junk mail

    Yes, it would have been great if Apple had put at least SOME effort into a junk mail filter. I mean how hard is it to add some basic functionality in this regard? I'm talking filtering out obvious stuff, like email with ADV: in the subject or "FrEe sOftwArez!!!" etc. For $99, I feel like they can and should, do better.

  1. macfan01

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Really love it !

    This interface is elegant , simple and efficient, like Apple simple !

    I also like the new Address Book ! Really superb ! I'd like Apple to bundle these two apps with osx server and WebObjects !!!!

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ALL HAIL RXDEN!!

    "now if apple would only bundle this email ineterface with osx server instead of that clunky, ugle squirrel mail that is impossible for average users to admin we would all be in a better place."

    Could not have said it better myself!! what a piece of junk that is! I think Apple's server team is like 4 programmers and a ton of people who scour the web for free unix tools, so they can incorporate them into the server software

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: junk mail

    I'm talking filtering out obvious stuff, like email with ADV: in the subject or "FrEe sOftwArez!!!" etc. For $99, I feel like they can and should, do better.

    Actually, I think mail that says "ADV:" in the subject in itself isn't junk mail, since it could be compliant advertising mass-mailings.

    And .Mac does have junk-mail filtering, its just they don't do it in a normal way (stuff everything into a junk folder, let you see what's there). They just bounce it. So you can't see what they are/aren't filtering.

  1. davedawgnyc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Left column

    Once I turn on small mailbox icons in prefs, I've got a lot of empty and unused screen space in the left column. Would be nice to utlize that a little more. Maybe moving the "Preferences | Feedback| (Language)" over there since the address book field is already there. That would also tighten up some dead space up at the top. I already emailed these comments back to Apple.

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