At my school we now have to use a webmail client. And I don't like it. Because it is a lot of work to open up the page, enter a password, look over the messages and find nothing new.
I use Liferea as my RSS Feed Reader and it now uses a program to get a feed of the messages. The program downloads the webpage with the messages and then generates a simple rss2.0 feed from that.
If I have cleaned up the sourcecode I will put it on my webpage as free software. This will solve some real problems some students have with the e-mail. It will at least solve some of the problems.