Mail Call

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In its various incarnations, Qualcomm's Eudora is probably the most popular stand-alone e-mail program. With Eudora Pro, you can test messages for complex conditions--for example, "To: contains `Smith' and `widget' appears in `Body.'? If a message matches the condition, you can automate up to five actions. For example, when a specific type of message arrives, your computer can notify you audibly, notify someone else or launch an application: If, say, an order arrives via e-mail, you might want a word processing program to launch so you can print a form letter acknowledging receipt.

Eudora Pro sells for $39. Qualcomm also offers Eudora Light for free; this program might be the right pick if you like Eudora's style but don't need its advanced features. Visit

Still not sure what you want? You can download many free or or low-cost programs from Tucows ( Or do a little more research on your own: To peruse the "Top Ten E-Mail Programs and Utilities," go to

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This article was originally published in the October 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Mail Call.

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