It’s just what we need. Yet another way to do email. In this case, it’s Microsoft’s Hotmail. Instead of using Hotmail in Apple’s Mail app, separate Hotmail from the pack and put it where it’s easier to use. The Mac’s Menubar.
The Menubar Prison
As strange as it may seem both Carol and I still have Hotmail email accounts. They date back to the last century, even before I began my life as a Mac user. Hotmail was all the rage before Google’s Gmail.
MenuTab for Hotmail is a Menubar app that delivers a few extras. First, it’s a simple email app that also does Outlook email, in addition to Hotmail.
Second, you can read email, forward email, and compose email right from within the pop down window.
Click on the email enveloped icon in the Menubar and down pops the latest messages. You get OS X Notification Center notices, and it also adds Live and MSN support.
And, just to be extra useful, there’s a standalone desktop mode for MenuTab just in case your Mac’s Menubar is an overcrowded prison of apps and utilities.
When it comes to free email services there are three names that come to mind. Yahoo! Hotmail. Gmail.
Yes, friends, there’s an app for Gmail, too.
This one is called MailTab for Gmail and it works similar to MenuTab for Hotmail.
And, yes, it’s not a stretch to find Mail Tab for Yahoo! email. And, as expected, this one works in the Menubar, too.
Interestingly, all three of these apps are by different app developers. While they do check your online email account and send email, they function a little different.
The Yahoo! version lets you send attachments, manage contacts, and view events on the calendar. It’s also not well liked by customers.
Remember back in the day when email was the killer app of the internet? Today it’s still a killer app. Albeit an app that kills time and destroys motivation in the workspace. I don’t know that having an email app in the Menubar saves much, but it does segregate online accounts from Mail.