Computer News No. 107, Jan-Feb 2004
"IMP Webmail" to Become the Standard
Webmail in March 2004
"IMP webmail" to become the standard webmail on March 10,
2004 and "Infinite webmail" will retire on July 31, 2004
Why should I import my address book from "Infinite webmail"
to "IMP webmail"?
How to import my address book entries from "Infinite webmail"
to "IMP webmail"
1. "IMP webmail" to become the standard webmail on March
10, 2004 and "Infinite webmail" will retire on July 31, 2004
As the vendor (Infinite.com) of the webmail software currently in use at
has announced that there will not be further support for the software "Infinite
webmail", this software will retire from service on July 31, 2004.
As a step to phase out the use of "Infinte webmail", another webmail
software, "IMP" (Internet Messaging Program) which has been deployed under
the "MyEmail" tab in the HKU Portal,
will be set as the standard webmail software for http://webmail.hku.hk
starting from March 10, 2004 (Wednesday). IMP provides the normal
functions of a web-based mail tool: reading mail, sending mail, moving
mail among folders, deleting mail (allowing undelete), setting up address
books and distribution lists.
Users are urged to familiarise with "IMP webmail" before August 1,
2004 when the "Infinite webmail" will retire from service. (See
webmail" user guide)
Note: Until July 31, 2004, users can still access the "Infinite webmail"
by clicking the hyperlink "Infinite webmail" at the http://webmail.hku.hk
Sample view of "Infinite webmail"
Sample view of "IMP webmail"
2. Why should I import my address book from "Infinite
webmail" to "IMP webmail"?
Users may wish to import their address books created under "Infinite webmail"
for use under "IMP webmail". However, the address books of "Infinite
webmail" and "IMP webmail" have different formats and are not compatible.
Transferring your address book from "Infinite webmail" to "IMP webmail"
manually would take a long time if you have a large address book and the
process is tedious. We are pleased to announce that we have written
a computer program for our users to import the "Infinite webmail" address
book to the "IMP webmail" address book. (See section
3 on how to do so.)
Users who have email accounts on both the hkucc.hku.hk and hkusua.hku.hk
servers and are using the address book feature of "Infinite webmail" could
have set up separate address books for their email accounts on the two
systems. In using the "IMP webmail", each user is only required to
set up a single copy of address book and use it for all of his central
email accounts. Furthermore, when a student graduates from
the University, he can continue to use the same "IMP webmail" address book
with his graduate email account on the graduate.hku.hk server, without
the need to recreate a new one.
3. How to import my address book from "Infinite webmail"
to "IMP webmail"
Click the hyperlink import "Infinite webmail" address book at the
top of the web page (after March 10, 2004).
Login with your email account name and password.
Choose the email server(s) from which you would like to import the address
book maintained by "Infinite webmail".
Click the "Import" button.
Wait until the import is completed.
If the acknowledgement page shows any address entries that could not be
handled by the import program, manually enter those email address entries
into the "IMP webmail". (See instruction "Add
Please note that duplicate address book entries would be imported
into the "IMP webmail" if the above procedure is carried out more than
If you have any enquiry, please contact the undersigned or the Helpdesk.