You may notice a couple of changes in Web Mail today, as version 5.12 went live early this morning. It is a minor release with a couple of great new features, and a few bug fixes. Here's a list of what changed:
- Protection Pack - You'll see a new link on the left side of Web Mail that lets you set up Anonymous Email Addresses. These act like an alias to your regular email address, so you don't ever have to give out your real address on web sites or when shopping online, and you'll keep a lot of spam out of your Inbox. Email sent to these addresses comes into your same mailbox but is conveniently sorted into its own folder by address. You can even write new messages using this as your return address, and your real address is completely hidden from the recipient. You can have up to 10 of these active at a time, delete them whenever you want, and get more whenever you need them.
- Get More Anonymous Email Addresses - although we have had the AEA feature available on the main EarthLink web site for a few months now, you could not get more after you deleted your first batch. Now you can. Once you have signed up for AEA, just click the Protection Pack link to manage your addresses or add more.
- International character support - now you can read and write email in any language, and use any special characters you like. This includes messages, preferences like your From name, vacation messages, and your signature. Web Mail will let you enter any characters or language that your computer is set up for, and will properly view and reply to non-English messages you receive. Before this change, everything had to be plain ASCII (basically just what you see on an American keyboard). There are still a couple of kinks in the spamBlocker auto-reply that will be fixed in January, so keep that one in English for now or your recipient may get a garbled message. Everything else should be working.
- Fixed this bug.
- Fixed an issue that was causing Address Book groups to be lost when syncing the Total Access Mailbox to the online Address Book.
Look for another release in early 2007 that will fix a lot of outstanding bugs and add a great new interface. More on that later.