Today, the Gmail Team is happy to announce free POP access for Gmail users.
POP access has been a much requested Gmail feature and we're pleased to
announce that we're now making it available to all users over the next
couple of weeks.
With POP access, Gmail users can download a copy of their messages using any
email program (such as Microsoft Outlook), or any device (e.g. Blackberry,
mobile phones) that supports POP. And of course with POP access on Gmail,
users can access their messages offline.
For instance, a user working from her home office who prefers to retrieve
email via Microsoft Outlook can easily do so by configuring her Outlook
client and enabling POP access on Gmail. Gmail messages received via POP
will not display advertisements and Gmail will leave messages on the server
by default, so users can still access their messages via the Gmail web
Both POP access and automatic forwarding (which enables users to send
incoming messages to the email account of their choice) will be provided to
Gmail users for free, and we have no plans to charge for either feature.
Both enable users to choose which email interface is best for them, without
having to worry about losing access to their messages. Think of it as "email
Finally, just a reminder that we're beta testing Gmail and the interface and
search capabilities are only available in English at the moment. However,
users can read and send messages in many other languages. We hope you enjoy
these new features and as always, we encourage you to send us your thoughts
The Gmail Team