The Bottom Line
- MR/2 ICE offers powerful message templates and phrases for writing efficiency
- Flexible filters allow you to automate many email tasks in MR/2 ICE
- MR/2 ICE has many useful keyboard shortcuts and a simple interface
- MR/2 ICE only supports POP accounts, accessing more than one is cumbersome
- HTML formatting and secure messaging are not supported directly by MR/2 ICE
- MR/2 ICE does not include a spam filter
- MR/2 ICE is an email client for POP accounts.
- Flexible filters (including the OS/2 scripting language REXX) automate many email tasks.
- A "manual" mode lets you view only the headers of messages in MR/2 ICE before deciding what to do.
- Flexible message templates and text snippets allow you to write efficiently in MR/2 ICE.
- MR/2 ICE includes a simple address book.
- An integrated newsreader lets you read Usenet news inside MR/2 ICE.
- MR/2 ICE supports Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/3/XP and OS/2.
Guide Review - MR/2 ICE 2.67 - Email Program
The tabbed interface — yes, tabbed emailing is that old — works for OS/2, where the notebook is a standard interface element. But even on Windows, where MR/2 ICE looks really strange, there is no arguing over MR/2 ICE's efficiency.
Not only are there tons of keyboard shortcuts, not only are many things just a click away, not only is everything refreshingly speedy, MR/2 ICE also offers great tools that help you with writing standard emails fast. Flexible templates automate message creation and MR/2 ICE's "phrases" let you insert oft-used text snippets fast. Incoming mail can be filtered flexibly, too, even before you download it.
Unfortunately, MR/2 ICE only supports POP accounts, and to access more than one you have to create multiple profiles, each with its own settings and folders. Built-in spam filters, encryption and support for HTML formatting are missing from MR/2 ICE and some tasks (attaching a file, for example) are more complicated than should be necessary.
Still, MR/2 ICE is an interesting and usable alternative email client.