You know, I've been reading thru this to see if there was a resolution and the whole time I've had the same question in my head: Why would any institution want to lock down their email access so tight? I'm asking. Maybe HC can answer this. I work at a university and we're practically encouraged to use multiple devices to access email. There's webmail and desktop clients and instructions for all sorts of mobile clients, and soon we're going to Exchange. Is it simply because its extremely easy to maintain and service a homogeneous environment? Or are they really afraid that someone is going to use the email to send mash notes or something? Oh, Mrs. Krabappel.....! There is such thing as too much security. Or maybe that's it: Here we have people and software keeping tabs on our usage. My machine is portscanned frequently for file sharing, and while music & app downloads from iTunes are OK, if I started DLing movies, I'd get cut off. Maybe at melmoe's school district they can't afford an army of people and software to monitor & maintain the network, so access and usage needs to be tightly controlled. Just an idea.