Hotmail and Yahoo already support and encourage the pulling of email from POP
accounts. You don't have to enter the POP accounts every time, just once.
Hmm.. so Hotmail is willing to maintain the list of 40 or 50 places it has
to POP your
mail from for you?
I can not predict what Hotmail will do. But given they have an incentive to
get you to come their web site as often as possible, and given it is the same
bandwidth cost for them, with the potential of making their service more
valuable, then my guess is they would do it.
Interestingly note that Hotmail makes you pay to POP *FROM* hotmail, but no
charge to POP from other accounts *TO* Hotmail. Does that give you any hint
about their business model??
Or are you re-entering it every time you use a new kiosk
If they are going to offer the feature, then no reason for them not to persist
the configuration. They would have no incentive to offer the feature and make
it impossible to use efficiently.
(Remember that the major business case for webmail is that you have a *VERY*
small amount of state carried with you (a userid/password pair -
specifically so you
can check mail with a minimum of local resources).
Now you are supporting my case above.