Microsoft Mail for Windows (also DOS version)

May 17, 2011 at 07:33:52
Specs: Windows 3,1, 486 dx2 66
Hello, anybody know if MS mail for windows will still function? does it support smtp/pop3? what DOES it support? What about the dos version? I have a diskette set of Microsoft Mail and Schedule + for windows, and another for DOS (same version), seems to be an upgrade over the default which is included in windows for workgroups ...

curious as to whether it would work OUTSIDE of a LAN.

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May 17, 2011 at 15:05:57
If you are talking about the Office 4.0 MS Mail, then the answer is no for outside a LAN. I could not get Outlook Express 5 16bit to work either because it does not support the newer SSL connections mail servers now require for logging into their SMTP. However, it can be done in DOS! I can receive and send email using PMSMTP and PMPULL which is available here:

Fred Macall has kept these programs up-to-date with the latest secure socket requirements. It works great! It's a bit of a learning curve to get going, but it does exactly what email should do perfectly.

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May 18, 2011 at 09:48:43
You may also want to take a look at Pegasus Mail (both for Win3.x & DOS). Still looks like it's kept somewhat up-to-date and (having used it in the past) it works quite well:

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May 22, 2011 at 10:07:20
Good find, T-R-A! I've added it to my FTP in case that site ever disappears, which unfortunately happens all too often these days.

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May 22, 2011 at 21:49:57
"I've added it to my FTP in case that site ever disappears"

Probably nothing to worry about for a good while. David Harris has kept Pegasus going for quite some time (over 20 years) so I don't think it's something that's going away anytime soon. I used it as my primary e-mail client from the time I first got internet (1996) until just a few years ago, when web-mail became more practical.

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