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Old 02-15-2012, 09:57 PM   #1
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Outlook email on Kindle Fire

I used Outlook for my email on my laptop. Is there any way to access this through my Kindle Fire?
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Not that I know of directly. However, you can access your PC using a Remote desktop App like TeamViewer and then run Outlook remotely. You will need to download the PC version for your laptop. TeamViewer is free for personal use and simple to use.

http://www.teamviewer.com/en/index.aspx

http://www.amazon.com/TeamViewer-for...9396300&sr=1-4

If you are looking for a way to sync your Outlook Calendar and Contacts check out this thread:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...hlight=outlook


Also, if your ISP supports IMAP4 (mail remains on server), which most do, you can setup your e-mail account and read your e-mail both from the Fire or laptop or both.

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If you are talking about an organization that uses Exchange, they may provide Outlook Web Access, which you could likely access via the Fire's browser.

If you're not using Exchange, why on EARTH are you using that M$ bloatware and why would you want to pollute your Fire with it?!?!

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Obsessed2: I would like to be able to check my email from my Fire while someone else is using my regular computer for other things.

ApK: I take it you don't think much of Microsoft! I'm retired now but when I was working, everybody had Outlook for their email and I just got used to it. My provider is actually Windstream. I got used to Outlook for the appointments calendar, and using the folders for saving things. I guess I could go back to doing my email through the Windstream site, but I hate to lose all the stuff I have in Outlook.
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Obsessed2: I would like to be able to check my email from my Fire while someone else is using my regular computer for other things.

ApK: I take it you don't think much of Microsoft!
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My provider is actually Windstream. I got used to Outlook for the appointments calendar, and using the folders for saving things. I guess I could go back to doing my email through the Windstream site, but I hate to lose all the stuff I have in Outlook.
Take a look at Google's Gmail, and Google Calendar.
You can import your mail and calendar from Outlook.
Highly functional, free, and you can access your mail and calendar from any browser.

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But if I use Google's Gmail, does that mean I have to change my email address to XXXX@gmail.com? I don't want to change my Windstream.net email address.
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But if I use Google's Gmail, does that mean I have to change my email address to XXXX@gmail.com? I don't want to change my Windstream.net email address.
Personally, I have my own domain name, so I never have to change my address.
By having your own domain name, you control your address forever (for all intents and purposes).
Well worth the ~$10 a year, and it gives me an essentially unlimited number of addresses to give to family, or to use for spam protection.

Note by using an email address tied your provider, if you ever change providers for any reason, you will lose that address.

Even if you do want to keep your Windstream.net address, no, you would not have to use a gmail.com address. You can configure Gmail to fetch mail from your current system, and to send mail with your current address.

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OK, thanks so much, you are always so helpful. I'm going to look at it....I'll probably be back asking you more questions!
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Patricia,

One widely used solution for those who want an "Outlook-like" client on their non-MS device is "Touchdown." There are two versions available in the Amazon App Store, one free and one for $20. The free version is a 30 day trial so you can see if it works for you before purchasing.

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But I thought the Touchdown was (I don't know how to explain) something where when I use it on my Fire, the same thing is happening on my computer screen. I don't want that, I want to be able to check my email on my Fire at the same time someone else is on my computer doing something else, does that make sense?
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But I thought the Touchdown was (I don't know how to explain) something where when I use it on my Fire, the same thing is happening on my computer screen. I don't want that, I want to be able to check my email on my Fire at the same time someone else is on my computer doing something else, does that make sense?
That's not what Touchdown is. It's just a mail client/PIM program, like Outlook, for Android.

http://www.nitrodesk.com/default.aspx

If it is "Outlook-like" enough for you, and can import your mail and calenders, it may be aan appropriate solution for you.

I still prefer web-based services for stuff like this in this day and age, especially on a device with limited storage and limited editing ability, like the Fire. Seriously, are you planning to download your mail, take your Fire to an area with no wifi to read them, and compose a lot of replies to send later?
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I used Outlook for my email on my laptop. Is there any way to access this through my Kindle Fire?
The big question is how your email provider, whether its your ISP or some other provider, "publishes" the email.

There are 4 main methods for email to be "published", along with a few others:

1. POP3 - this has long been the industry standard for email.
2. Exchange - a Microsoft specific system generally used in corporate environments as it can handle interoffice email without routing it out to the internet while also providing internet email.
3. Web mail - this is commonly provided by ISPs and other internet based email hosts.
4. IMAP -

Since you use Outlook, your internet host likely uses either POP3 or Exchange, though they may also provide a Web mail interface.

A quick look at Webstream.net's support section (specifically https://windstream.custhelp.com/app/...d/159/kw/3m41l ) it seems that they "publish" email via POP3. You should be able to access your email via any "POP3 compliant email client" running on any computer or tablet.

There are a number of email clients for Android (the OS the Fire uses) that support POP3. A quick Google search for "Android Email Client" finds a good number. Perhaps a Fire user or other Android tablet user can chime in with recommendations.
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There are a number of email clients for Android (the OS the Fire uses) that support POP3. A quick Google search for "Android Email Client" finds a good number. Perhaps a Fire user or other Android tablet user can chime in with recommendations.
The issue was not getting her mail. Fire comes with a POP3 and IMAP email client. The issue was she wanted Outlook because she's used to that particular client with it's particular features, and I'm trying to save her from it....
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OK, I was reading about the Touchdown app in Amazon's app store and it says you can "connect to your company's Exchange server" but I'm not in a company, I don't understand this.

ApK, here's all I want to do - my 8 year old grandson is here with me a lot and he'll get on my laptop for hours sometimes, playing games. When he's on the laptop, I use my Fire for reading Facebook, Kindleboards, MobileRead, etc. and I'd like to be able to check my email also. When this happens, I'm actually sitting right here beside him on the couch, he's on the laptop, I'm on the Fire. I'm not interested in being able to check email when I'm away from home or anything like that...just when I'm sitting right here!

ETA: Plus I'm enamored with my Fire, sometimes I just like to relax on the couch and do everything using it instead of sitting in front of my laptop
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But I thought the Touchdown was (I don't know how to explain) something where when I use it on my Fire, the same thing is happening on my computer screen. I don't want that, I want to be able to check my email on my Fire at the same time someone else is on my computer doing something else, does that make sense?
Yes, it does, Patricia. But to deal with the issue you're raising, you simply need to manage the option of whether to delete emails from the server when they've been downloaded to an email client and whether to delete them from the server when you delete them from a particular client.

For example, assume that your PC (running Outlook as an email client) is sent email from your ISP server. You should be able to control whether that action will delete the email from the server or not. If you say "leave it on the server," you'll be able to retrieve it from you KF, as well.

Likewise, you should be able to control whether deleting the email on your KF or your computer will also delete it from the server assuming your server provides an imap format for your email service. Thus, you can set up just your PC as a master of deleting from the server. If you do, emails deleted from your PC will disappear from the server and you won't see them on your KF unless, of course, you've already downloaded those messages.

All in all, you just need to think about how you want to configure your two email clients and how to manage an accumulation of email to you on your isp's server.

Alternatively, of course, you may be able to follow APK's advice and manage all of this via the web with a direct connection to the email on the server. Don't know about your isp but comcast/xfinity, for example, has a web-based email client that I frequently use when I travel.

All of this, by the way, is a somewhat separate issue of whether you want to continue to use Outlook as an email client app. I completely understand the desire not to adapt to another format for email and if that is a primary concern for you, touchdown should provide an "Outlook looking" email client for you.
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