Here's my situation. I currently operate a small consulting business out of my home. I have Outlook configured as a POP3 client, downloading all the recent emails from my ISP the moment it's opened. Occasionally, I choose to leave Outlook closed because I often times need access to those emails remotely (via my ISP's optional web-access utils - SquirrelMail or RoundCube). For this reason, I am planning on configuring Outlook as an IMAP client.
However, that's not my issue - my issue is these email clients offered by my ISP; they feel so decrepit compared to, say, Gmail. Is there an HTML capable, IMAP configurable, web-based email client I could drop on a home server to not only serve myself, but others who work for me, from that location? I understand I'd have to set something up like dyndns, enabling access to that web interface from outside my firewall - I'm already doing it with an instance of Confluence.
Another thought (and NO clue if this can be done). Is there a service I could drop on my home server that would act as both a server and client? What I envision is it would automatically download all emails from my ISP location at configurable intervals (similar as if Outlook were open on my machine at all times) - yet be capable of managing those emails such that other IMAP configured clients would communicate with it, rather than directly with my ISP server?
- eliminate my need to worry about how much space is being taken up on my ISP server
- allow me to connect Outlook (or Thunderbird if I go that route) to it (rather than directly to my ISP) as an IMAP client
- keep all my emails local (and backed up) yet accessible from anywhere there's an internet connection
Of course, I'm still in the same boat if this hypothetical service doesn't provide a web-based front end I can expose outside the firewall....
I hope that's not too confusing.