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May 28, 2010

Using An Email Client for Gmail

Just because Gmail is a Web-based mail service doesn't mean you have to use your Web browser to access it. Instead, you can do what I do and connect to Gmail using familiar desktop software: Outlook, Windows Live Mail (formerly Outlook Express), Thunderbird, or the like.

Programs like these let you not only group and view e-mail conversations using whatever method you like best, but also organize mail into folders--something Gmail still doesn't properly offer.

Making this move doesn't permanently alter anything about your Gmail account. You'll still be able to sign in using any Web browser on any PC--one of Gmail's most compelling benefits. The desktop software simply affords you a more attractive, more intuitive "front end" for your day-to-day mail operations.

If you don't already have such a program, I recommend Microsoft's Windows Live Mail. It's easy to set up and use, and it offers worthwhile features like dynamic search and Web-calendar syncing.

Google has simple instructions on configuring Windows Live Mail for use with Gmail, so I won't rehash them here.

2 comments:

noel4037 said...

Wow, thanks for the tip. Question though, so does that mean that I could also code hypertexts into my emails even though gmail doesn't support it but Outlook does?

Jonas J. said...

Of course