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Mail Forward for Windows is designed to forward mail from a Web mail account such as Gmail or Yahoo Mail to any account of your choosing. That way, you don't need to check those mail accounts individually; you can forward them all to one account, and just check that one account. At least, that's the theory.

The idea behind the program is a good one, but getting it to work properly is another matter. Because of the nature of the way that mail servers work--and because the program isn't very clear on how to use it--you may not be able to do what the program promises.

This program can be confusing to use at first, because there is little interface, and no instructions. So you'll need to first select Edit --> Preferences, and then fill out a dialog, including information about your Web mail account. You'll need to know details of your ISP's SMTP mail server as well. None of this is clear or detailed, so be prepared for a little hit or miss.

Even if you get the program set up properly, you may be in for trouble. The program relies on your ability to use your ISP's or Web mail service's SMTP server for forwarding mail. But because of the spam scourge, some SMTP servers won't let you forward mail--and still others may let you forward mail, but only a limited number of messages. In addition, some Web mail clients, such as Gmail, already include the ability to forward email. So your best bet is to try forwarding mail using your Web mail's built-in capabilities. If that doesn't work, give this program a try, but don't be surprised if it won't do exactly what you want.

--Preston Gralla

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