Apple offers users of its free iTools online services a complementary e-mail account in the Mac.com domain. Until recently, the only way you could access your account was through an e-mail client, but in May Apple introduced a beta preview of its Webmail service, which enables users to check their accounts using a Web browser. Now Apple has updated the Webmail service with Webmail Beta II.
Based on feedback from Webmail users, Webmail Beta II now sports enhanced navigation, better folder and message management and increased ease of use compared to its predecessor.
Frequently used navigation items are placed consistently, and features such as Address Book Preferences and Folder Management are now easier to find. Retrieving mail and logging out is more accessible, and frequently used actions have been added to the bottom of most pages.
Webmail users can now empty their Deleted Messages folder with one click, and gain better sorting management, attachment and download handling. You can also cancel a message being composed, and Webmail now sports better incomplete message handing — messages will be saved if you time out in the middle of a session.
What’s more, Webmail Beta II now features improved time zone handling, gives a better indication of which folder a user is browsing, and provides better application performance.
As always, Webmail is free for any iTools user, and iTools access is free to anyone running Mac OS 9 or higher — all you have to do is sign up for an account. Just remember that the service is still in beta, so it’s conceivable you might hit a few bumps in the road along the way.