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I am using Microsft Outlook to receive my verizon email and my comcast email. The problem is during the day i will receive messages but when I shut down and come in the next day I will have messages that were from yesterday. Something is slow. In addition to this POP3, I also am using an exchange server for my work email. Is it possible to run two sessions of outlook at one time on the same PC? I want to be able to receive my POP3 in a timely fashion but somewhere there is a problem. Please help.
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by:Barthax
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This is not necessarily a fault of the POP3 server.  Some messages still get stuck in transit.  When you have received a message which you know is late, right-click it and choose Options.  You will be given a new window with the header of the e-mail at the bottom in a text box.  Check the Received: header lines for times of the e-mail's progression through the SMTP system - you may find it was originally sent at the time you believe it to be but just got hung out to dry for a while before it reached you.
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by:sugarapple
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how do you prevent hanging out to dry? is it possible to run two sessions of outlook on the same computer?
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by:Barthax
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I don't know that it's possible to run two sessions of Outlook on the same computer - two Profiles, certainly.

Basically, once an e-mail leaves the machine it was written on and before it arrives at it's destination the receiver and the writer of the e-mail have no control. :(  It's standard protocol - e-mail doesn't even have guaranteed delivery.  When a user sends an e-mail it will get given to a server - either the in-house server for a corporate and then the ISP or directly to the ISP.  As soon as it is given to the ISP it's out of the hands of 'users' and into the SMTP mail exchange.
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so if i use two profiles, how will that help me? can i use one strictly for the work and the other for the "play" email? can i switch back and forth between the two.
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Sorry, my comment was more off-the-cuff than constructive: two profies is possible, two sessions is not - neither will speed the transmission of e-mails.  As it happens, having more than one profile is more of a pain than a benefit - switching between them means exitting Outlook & re-entering it and selecting the profile of choice at the time (providing your settings are correct in Control Panel's Mail option).
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