Last weekend, I set up my father-in-lawâ€™s new PC and needed to get Windows Mail (the built-in client in Windows Vista that replaces Outlook Express) working with his ISPâ€™s mail server. The ISP in question is Tiscali, but I still wanted the messages to be available on the server for webmail access, so I wanted to use IMAP and not POP to collect e-mail.
Tiscaliâ€™s instructions seem to be for Outlook Express and POP3 (at least the ones I found were) but I decided to see if they offered an IMAP service and it seems they do â€“ all I needed to provide to Windows was some basic account information (name, username and password), the incoming server name (
imap.tiscali.co.uk) and outgoing server (
smtp.tiscali.co.uk). At first sight, some of the mail folders were missing but they were easily made visible by selecting IMAP Foldersâ€¦ from the Tools menu.
Finally, to tidy up the experience I remapped some of the special folders Trash/Spam/Sent instead of the Microsoft defaults of Deleted Items/Junk E-mail/Sent Items in the account properties and hid the unused ones from view.