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Hey RaptorD2,,,

Allow me a rookie question. What are my options for aggregating all my email for use on any device? Does it have to be web-based, or can I open an email file from a desktop used as a poor man's server?

Well, what warrl already told you is pretty much correct and covers just about all your options.

However, judging just from the fact that you asked this question, I would say your best and the easiest way, is to just go with something like the Google's GMAIL Service, and optionally use the IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) service, option.

The option, going with your own Mail-Server and mail processing, can get pretty complicated in hurry, and expensive, and you do need to be pretty Tech Savvy, or else you would need to hire someone to do it for you.

The easiest and least expensive way, is to use services like Google's GMAIL, that are capable of doing IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) service. Because, using Service like Gmail is Free, and you can just setup an IMAP-GMAIL/Account at Google and on your devices, i.e., Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, Smart-Phone, etc., and then just Log into Gmail and all the Emails will be Synchronized and Updated, for any changes made from any other device, and now you have access to all your Up-To-Date e-mails, from any of your Devices. So that, anything you do from one device, like sending, deleting e-mails, will get Synchronized again on your other devices, next time you Log them on to GMAL.

Also, you can just use GMAL as Web-Mail via your Browser, no e-mail-clients involved, then you can just use the other Smart-Device Browsers to Log into GMAIL anytime, anywhere, also no IMAP option needed, and you don't need to do much of anything except setup the GMAIL Account.

Going this route, you don't even need to change any of your existing e-mail accounts, you can setup GMAIL to go and get your mail from the other accounts, provided they support POP3, and then you will have all your e-mail in one account, that you can then access from any of the portable devices. However, not all email accounts, i.e., like Free Hotmail, support POP3.

Just my 2 cents...

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