Google’s GMail Resembling Desktop Mail Client

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Google’s GMail Resembling Desktop Mail Client

The more I use GMail and Google keeps on enhancing this webmail service, the more I look at it as a replacement to desktop mail clients. I have been using GMail for my personal mails and I cannot hide the fact that I am loving it. It is fast, it is accessible from any computer with a decent web browser, and it behaves better than desktop mail client on various factors.

One of the major issues with webmail is the slow response time. Take for example Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail. Opening various sections take so much time. And to add to the slow loading independent pages, there are so many big advertisements on the interface. GMail on the other hand works like a charm. First time loading is a bit slow, after that everything works fine. Composing and sending mail is fast and searching using Google’s own personal engine is excellent. The reason being the interface is made up of number of frames (independent sections) which are independently reloaded as per requirement and some other scarcely used web technologies like XMLHttpRequest object.

And the recent enhancement brings it even closer to desktop mail clients. The new contact tab in GMail interface fulfills one of the most common requests. Now composing a mail to multiple addresses is as easy as selecting the names from the address book. For convenience, there is a frequently mailed tab with the most popular mail addresses. Extremely thoughtful of Google. Another excellent feature added in GMail can be checked by clicking on a mail id in the contact list and GMail will show the complete detail along with recent conversations involving that contact! A feature that can come so handy at times and is available in many desktop clients like Opera M2 and Microsoft Outlook. I would love the readers to tell me if any other mail client or webmail does this…

Overall, I can safely say I love the GMail functionality over any other mail client I have used until now. Apart from offline accessibility of mails that comes handy with desktop mail clients, there is little GMail cannot do. On the other hand, availability of all your mails anywhere is something that desktop mail clients fail to offer. IMAP is an intermediate solution for desktop mail client users, but still it does not come close to GMail. In addition, if rumors are to be believed, Google would be offering IMAP or POP mail support as a paid option when GMail is publicly released. That would let users to access GMail from their mail clients. Some third party applications are already available online, which does this for free.

Here I would like to clarify that this is based on my personal experiences. I would love to hear your stories about experiences using GMail and how do you find it compared to the normal desktop mail clients. And if GMail was to support free pop mail importing, would you replace your desktop mail client with GMail? I would personally love to have the capability to choose my senders mail ID and use it full time. I am currently forwarding mails from my pop mail addresses to GMail.

There is one shortcoming in GMail however. It cannot compete with my hard disk capacity on storing mails. I have already used 10% of my GMail space (and it is still in beta!) while I still have around 95 GBs left on my hard disk to store mails in a mail client…

Sushubh Mittal is the Tech Columnist on Search Engine Journal and shares his ideas and reviews on TechWhack.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • I assume somewhere down the road Gmail will get a tighter integration with Google’s new Desktop Search. It’s a glaring shortcoming right now that when I do a Google search with Desktop installed, I can find my Outlook mail but not my Gmail. I don’t doubt that they’ll tie these things together down the road, though.

  • Jordan Palmer

    The way every one keeps praising GMAIL, I cant wait to get it. I can’t believe how people are trying to sell this amazing piece of technology. The only disappointing problem to me is that because of the limited “invites” I still don’t know how to join. GMAIL is the next internet crazy and it sounds like its here to stay. Way to go GOOGLE

  • eddie v

    as a birthday present could someone send me a Gmail invite so i can see what all the hub bub is about ? :D. oh and today is my birthday, lets all sing it together…

  • eddie v

    jrny99@yahoo is where to send my Gmail present . thanks

  • Alex

    LOL.. Ok I will send you a present.. But tell me if you’ve allready received one? I dont wanna waste an invite on someone I don’t even know if they allready have one in the first place…

  • Raf

    I’m just forwarding my email alias to Gmail to check how different it is for an intensive professional use, specially for dealin with attachments. As Cap’n Ken said just before the frustrating thing will be that as I’ve just discovered the G desktop search engine, I will still use outlook too so I can search my mails with this amazin stuff…

    Was wonderin if adding a messenger capability to Gmail is planned, cause I think one interstin point would be to centralize all your contacts and conversation tools in one place that u can reach wherever you are…

  • In Gmail all everything are very very cool i should say but some matter i think they need to think also.

    1. Incoming and outgoing mail checking for virus.

    2. Save draft in temporary basis if electricity fail or computer problem found sudenly during composing the mail’s.

    3. And for sure peoples are waiting for Gmessanger and later may be Gbrowser.

  • Bert

    Can someone be kind and send me and invitation for a GMail?

  • Bert
  • Well, currently GMail is offering free forwarding, so all mail can be forwarded to another account, where you can download the mail and read it offline. A pain, but better than nothing…

  • Oh, I hate the fact that GMail doesn’t work on Opera. I somewhat okay with Firefox, and IE and Mozilla repels me, but it is annoying to use two browsers – one for mail, the other for web browsing. No, I can’t give Opera up. Believe me, I’ve tried.

  • jrny99

    no alex, not a one has sent me a invite and i would be happy as pie if you did 😀

  • jrny99

    someone sent me an invite but is was used by someone else, ?????

  • ciaran

    major frustration building up here… will explode if someone doesn’t have pity & send on a gmail invite! prayers will be recited for donor—will pass on the favour

  • Hello, I’m a regular visitor to your site so i finally decided its time to sign your guestbook, so here i sign !

  • I like your website ,and like to communicate with everyone on this issue!

  • hi my self rajeev…from delhi am looking for my gf’s email id ..her name is shabnam singh ..she is from calgary(canada)…if any one help me plzz

  • Sunil