New .Mac webmail to add features

Apple is previewing an update to the webmail component of its .Mac service that will bring the Web client more in line with the Mail application included with Mac OS X v10.4 “Tiger.” Apple said it’s coming soon.

.Mac webmail enables you to read your .Mac e-mail messages using a supported Web browser on any Mac or Windows PC that’s connected to the Internet — you don’t need to configure a local e-mail client, just sign in to your account online.

New features in .Mac webmail will include a new interface, drag and drop support, the ability to view messages in a message pane right below the message list, smart refreshes that keep page reloads to a minimum, a quick reply feature, fully integrated Address Book, message previews, single-click message flagging and new keyboard shortcuts.

.Mac is Apple’s subscription-based online service that helps Mac users synchronize content between multiple machines, backup data, publish Web pages, manage e-mail groups and more — including a repository for online files and a e-mail account. It costs $99.95 per year.

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