Many people have had Hotmail or other Web-based email accounts for years. They are hard to beat in terms of convenience and universal access. For example, I'm on the road quite a bit, and I'm often available only via my Hotmail account. Until recently, however, users have not been able to check their Web-based email accounts with a full-featured email program like Outlook Express.
Fortunately, that's no longer the case. With Outlook Express's Web-based email server integration, you get the convenience of a Web-based email service combined with the features of a dedicated email program. This can be especially useful when searching through a large folder of emails, or for saving copies of Web emails for archive purposes.
In this example, I'll step you through the process of setting up OE to check a Hotmail account, but the steps should be roughly the same no matter what Web server you're using.
Other Web-based email services support OE integration and can be set up using the same method. In the steps listed previously, choose the HTTP server option, then choose Other for the email service provider, and then specify the complete URL address for that service, as shown in Figure 12-7.
Figure 12-7. Configuring another Web-based service provider.