There are some emails that require your immediate attention, and a prompt response is the key to making or breaking a deal. If you have your email account open in your browser, you will receive a notification whenever a new email arrives in your inbox. However, if you do not have it open in any browser, it is very easy to miss the new email (unless you use a desktop email client, of course), and we all know how bad that can turn out to be. So, what do you do? Keep a browser open at all times? Users of Firefox know how costly it is on the system resources even if you have only one tab open. Instead, give MailChecker a try. It is an open source email monitoring application that notifies you every time you receive a new email in your inbox. The application alerts you through a visual notification, as well as sounding an alarm. Currently, it only supports Gmail accounts in our experience. Learn how to setup MailChecker after the break.
After installation, the application will run quietly in the system tray. Right-click its icon to change language and set up your email accounts for monitoring.
Select Settings from the system tray menu to add accounts to the application. To add an account, click the Add button and enter your Email ID and Password to allow MailChecker to monitor your account for new emails. You can also adjust the time for checking new mails. The drop down menu lets you set 1 , 5, 10, 15, 30, 45 and 60 minute as the refresh intervals.
Whenever a new email arrives in your inbox, you will receive a notification in the bottom-right corner of your screen, along with a sound alert. The notification window will display the senders name, title of the email, and some starting lines of text written in the email.
Even though MailChecker works great with the standard Gmail accounts, during testing, we were unable to make it work with a Google apps account. Other than that, the Check Mail Now option in the system tray menu also failed to work for us. According to the product page, double-clicking the notification will open the email in the default browser, but sadly, that one did not work as well. Hopefully, the developer will look in to all these bugs and fix them in the next release of MailChecker. It works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.