Accessing Multiple Accounts
I am trying to find a way in which I can auto access
two different Internet service providers (ISP's) with whom I have e-mail addresses.
Well, this calls for my standard, all-purpose answer to computer questions:
"It depends." In this case, it depends on whether you are using Outlook or
The Exchange (or Windows Messaging) Internet Mail Service does not support multiple email
accounts, so the "official" way to handle this is to create separate Exchange
profiles for each ISP. I find it easiest to get one profile working and then make copies
of it (right-click on the Inbox icon, choose Properties, click the "Show
profiles" button, click the "Copy" button). You can then modify the copied
profile(s) to access the other email account(s).
That being said, there is an unofficial
way to use multiple Internet email accounts within a single Exchange profile. You can find
a description of this technique at Sue Mosher's Slipstick Systems Exchange Center. It has a few
eccentricities, but it is supposed to work. Try it at your own risk and don't blame me if
you get in trouble.
Now, if you are using Outlook, or are willing to upgrade to it, life gets a bit simpler --
if not easier. Outlook is an enhanced version of Exchange and will eventually replace it.
It's part of Microsoft Office
and a "lite" version known as Outlook Express is distributed as part of Internet Explorer 4.0. A more
advanced version of the Internet Service, the Outlook Internet Mail Enhancement Patch
(IMEP), supports multiple email accounts in a single profile. IMEP is incorporated into
Outlook 8.02 or you can download it from Microsoft. IMEP does not work with Exchange.
Rather than go straight to Microsoft for this stuff, I suggest you go to Sue Mosher's site
first. She has posted a good article on IMEP, as well as a detailed discussion on
Reference: Look in the Microsoft
Knowledge Base -- for mail client issues under Windows 95, you'll have your best luck
searching on "Windows Messaging" or "Outlook"; "Exchange"
tends to turn up mostly Exchange Server articles. Even better, browse through Sue Mosher's Slipstick Systems