Rediff Launches WebinMail – A Way To Access Web via Mail

Rediff has launched a new product called Web in Mail which as the the name suggests is a product that enables you to recieve web pages via mail. Also this isn’t limited to web pages but one can also get rediff search results for search terms in their mail. This can be done by sending a mail to browse@webinmail.com with the URL (internet address) of the webpage which the user wants to access in the subject line and a mail will be sent back to the user with html version of the site embedded in the mail.

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Now im not sure who and for what reason would use this given that if you can access mail you can surely open a couple of webpages. This service, in its beta version, also allows users to search the internet. Users simply need to send their search query in the subject line and result mail is received via email.

Venki CTO, Rediff.com throws some light on the usage of this product “Web-in-mail will let people with restricted internet access to now access internet content”. So it seems sites which are blocked by ISP’s could use this to access that content.  Im still unsure whether there is enought use case for this product.. Only time will tell.

3 Responses to “Rediff Launches WebinMail – A Way To Access Web via Mail”

  1. November 27, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

    not a new feature… other similar services e.g. web2mail.com exists long before… this service is majorly used as a proxy to access restricted webpage…
    seems like rediff has lost it… all the good guys have left the org…u can check out linkedin for past employees from rediff…

  2. Rohit
    November 28, 2008 at 10:30 am #

    It’s really interesting. My Company has blocked Orkut, Facebook etc. It will eb interesting to see whether I will be able to access them.

    Normally Proxy sites ( of course I won’t give u name otherwise they may get blocked), aren’t able to open Orkut, Rediffmail, GMail because of the use of Javascripts. Let’s see whetehr that will work.

    If this works, its a boon to lot of us whose companies doesn’t allows us to visit certain sites

    Further I think, the mobile version of this product will be useful. After this airtel won’t be able to block mytoday!!!

  3. November 28, 2008 at 2:20 pm #

    Static content will be alright. But dynamic content cannot be accessed via this method. And its cumbersome to write off a mail every time you need a page.

    If the mail admins block out the rediffinmail address, its over.

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