Heavy email users with a number of addresses struggle to integrate all these addresses into a single webmail client. If I have a Gmail address and a Yahoo address, one for business and one for personal, I have to log into each account and check them separately. Most desktop clients allow you pull mail from multiple accounts into a single store, but if you work from multiple machines, it helps if you have similar functionality in a web tool.
Techcrunch has an announcement of Orgoo that is working on a web based solution that also offers Meebo-style IM aggregation:
Not only does it emulate Outlook-style desktop mail applications extremely well, it also integrates instant messaging from all of the major IM providers directly into the interface. If you are looking for a service-independent webmail/IM service, you’ll want to check this out.
Comcast’s SmartZone using the Zimbra platform is more compelling because of the potential to access VoIP voice mail in the same interface as email. But Orgoo has the benefit of being network independent. Comcast’s offering will only be available to their subscribers.
There is a lot going on in consumer space for unified messaging tools like these and it should be an interesting space to watch. Orgoo’s beta is closed and I’m not in Comcast territory, so I’m not yet able to play with either of these tools.