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How can I use ANY mail client with a VB.NET app?

My application is running perfectly with Outlook but when I change the local mail client, it doesn't. How can I use any mail client with a VB.NET application?
While it's kind of old and ugly technology, you may want to consider using MAPI as that's the one API that is supposed work across all e-mail programs.

This was first published in February 2004

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