I work in the vast world of “IT”. All that means to most people is that I have some sort of job related to computers. It could range from cleaning out the inside of computer cases all the way up to managing a multi-regional network complete with complex data links between each location. That is not really what this post is about though.  What it is about is the fact that I want Microsoft to release a Home Edition of Exchange.

You see, I have a full time day job complete with in-house Exchange server. I can access that email from anywhere via the web or remote desktop. I have 1 copy of those emails and I know how to get to them. I also run a side business if you will. That business revolves around communicating with PR people via email. Much to my frustration, I have a copy of those emails here at the office and at home in Outlook. Messages sent from the office, do not get put into my Sent Items folder at home and vice versa. This has created an email synchronization nightmare for me.

Sure, I could shell out for the full version of Exchange and the hardware to run it, but that is a pain and I’d prefer not to mess with it. What I really want is a version of Outlook or Exchange that is super light weight and meant for home users to access their email globally. I know I’m not the only person that jumps through hoops to check external email accounts.

I have found a few possible solutions that include a combination of hMailServer and Roundcube webmail as well as just using remote desktop or LogMeIn to get back to my home machine, but that’s a little cumbersome. I mean, they both work, but it ends up being slow.

In all honesty, I am not sure that a lightweight version of OWA would be all that much faster, but it would be nice to be able to get to that email via the web. Glad I finally got that off my chest.