Webmail Chooser
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Webmail Chooser is a free "mailto:" link solution for schools, libraries and other shared or public computers.

Why?

Because "mailto:" links exist, they break in a confusing manner if a mail client isn't installed, and people click on them. Wikipedia: what is a mailto link?

Thick email clients do not belong on public computers. They are an annoyance at best - popping up an unconfigured Outlook Express instance isn't any help to the user when he clicks on a "mailto:" link - and a privacy hazard or worse if someone configures their account and leaves it behind. It is better to encourage the use of webmail clients instead.

Webmail Chooser works like this:

Users clicking on this "mailto:" link would be directed to this page.

If they are users of Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo Mail, they can click on a button and immediately compose an email with their account. Users are also presented the information from the "mailto:" link in plain english which they can paste into an email system of their choosing, or print out and take with them.

Installation:

Webmail Chooser is installed on Windows via a registry key. No software is necessary. Registry keys and instructions are here.

Caveat:

Webmail Chooser is offered as a free service, I make no guarantees or promises. In particular I cannot guarantee that the email providers will not change their login mechanisms and break this service. This website is not affiliated with any email provider.

Contact:

Feedback, bug reports, etc can be sent to me here. Additionally, I am considering a pay version which would allow rebranding and removal of the advertisement. If that would be of interest to you please let me know.


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