I am developing a system to serve the purpose of communication between specific users already registered on site. It will be part of a little social functionality. Will it be a good to have the ability to users, to use their email clients to access the messages on site?
The pros out of it in my point of view are:
- Portability - Will help users access their messages in the ways that they are used to.
- Proven implementation - The implementation will not require any 'reinventing of the wheel'
Cons which I can think of:
EDIT as I see little misunderstanding in the answer from @JohnDeters
I think that I had to provide a little more information on the webapp itself. Firstly it will serve mainly students(schools, colleges, unis et al). So the 'mom test' will be a rare case, which will be acceptable loss, although the application will be able to provide access to the PMs which are sent to the user, so the configuration and usage of such functionality will be optional.
The application is a social-like app to be used by specific communities and not by general public. The app is NOT a forum board nor anything of this kind. It is a social orientated community platform.