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webmailIf you have several different webmail accounts, you’ll know how painful it is to manage them in Windows. When clicking a “mailto” URL on a website, Windows will gladly launch your default desktop mail program. How about tweaking it to make Windows log in to your webmail?

Affixa integrates your Google Mail and Yahoo! Mail accounts into Windows but not through a desktop mail application. Instead, it will ask you which webmail service you would like to use to compose your email, then log in to the appropriate accounts online in your browser!

Furthermore, you can manage large email attachments using Affixa by the built-in file sharing with drop.io.

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With the free version you can add one webmail account of your choice. If you need to manage several accounts, you can upgrade for £2 per year and add all of your email accounts, including the use of your desktop mail programs. This will come in handy for those of you who use the same computer, but different email accounts for work and play.

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Affixa works in a very cool way. In order to fully understand how it handles your email, watch this video.

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Now, that you get the drift of how it works, let me delve into one of its best features: drop.io integration.

Most providers put a limit on file type or size that can be sent with each email. If you frequently need to send large files that will crack this limit, you will love Affixa because it integrates file hosting.

Files will automatically be uploaded to drop.io and the link to your files will be pasted into the email you’re going to compose. From within Affixa, you define for how long your files will live after being uploaded or viewed for the last time.

file sharing

Affixa comes with an attachments manager that is represented in the system tray by a green point. Here you can create baskets that will hold files you’re going to email. Fill up the basket throughout your day or project (drag and drop supported), save, edit, close and open (re-use) them as needed — you have nothing to worry about because once you decide to send a basket, the latest version of each file will be fetched from your system.

Before checking out and attaching the files to an email, you can shrink files by zipping them, resize photos or use drop.io by default. You can send a basket by clicking the Email button, which will launch your email service. The files will be automatically attached to the email.

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I have previously reviewed gAttach Make Gmail your Default Desktop Email Client (Windows) Make Gmail your Default Desktop Email Client (Windows) Read More , a similar Windows desktop application that would integrate Gmail into Windows, so you could make it your default desktop eMail client. This tool has since been discontinued, although you can still download it from Cnet.

Download Affixa and give it a whirl. You might end up leaving your desktop mail program.

Are you still using desktop mail programs or is it all webmail for you? Is POP mail passé? We’d love to hear your opinions in the comments!

  1. Manish
    October 21, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    File Apartment is another option..

    - Up to 1 GB
    - Easy to use
    - Free option, safe, and secure
    - No software to download or registration required

  2. Paul
    June 17, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I have virtually stopped using my desktop client since I subscribed to paid Yahoo mail service. The pain of moving between different versions of Windows, Mail clients, Linux, and upgrading laptops or computers convinced me to do this several years ago.

  3. mocona
    June 15, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    i kept one POP mail alive since it came free with my ISP. But mostly I use gmails directly.

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