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Google Brings E-Mail Client Access to Gmail
flashfan

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Msg#: 188 posted 8:49 pm on Nov 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

On Wednesday, the company began providing free POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3) access on Gmail accounts. The rollout is expected to reach all users over the next two weeks...
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
interface.

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
portability."

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
and feedback.

Thanks,

The Gmail Team


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[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 12:06 pm (utc) on Nov. 11, 2004]
[edit reason] added press release [/edit]

 

Teknorat

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Msg#: 188 posted 12:15 am on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Great catch flashfan!

[gmail.google.com...]

POP, or Post Office Protocol, lets you download messages from Gmail's servers onto your computer so you can access your mail with a program like Microsoft Outlook Express or Netscape Mail, even when you arenít connected to the Internet.

* Over the next several weeks, we are introducing POP access to all of our users. To make sure the feature is fully stable, we're giving users access to POP in phases. Once POP access is available to you, a 'New Features!' link appears at the top of your account, along with a 'Forwarding and POP' tab on your 'Settings' page.

So umm- how exactly do they advertise using this service?

EliteWeb

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Msg#: 188 posted 12:16 am on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Will it be modified e-mails in HTML format or plain text e-mails without being modified?

Teknorat

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Msg#: 188 posted 12:22 am on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Don't know as I haven't been give the option yet. I guess they're being real careful and rolling it out slowly.

eWhisper

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Msg#: 188 posted 4:56 am on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Nice find. This is perfect for using gmail on the road and dling it into another program when ones at home.

How long until they add a calendar and notes section?

amznVibe

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Msg#: 188 posted 12:51 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Remember that Yahoo offered pop3 access for free for a few years before yanking it.
It takes alot of resources on the server side and without ads, there is no revenue for them.
I doubt it will last long for free.

GoogleGuy

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Msg#: 188 posted 3:47 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Give it a smidge more time, Teknorat. They're rolling it to different people at different times. I'm really happy that we're offering this.

JonR28

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Msg#: 188 posted 4:37 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

People are moving around these days, giving POP3 access just makes the service all that more POPular (excuse the pun). Google wants loyal users hoping that these users become addicted to email and will check it wherever they go. I see people using AOL Mail at the library and work and all sorts of places. Thats where the advertising clicks will come from and it will pay off nicely for google to offer POP3.

moltar

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Msg#: 188 posted 5:11 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Besides, majority of people don't even use POP3. And majority of those that do not use, do not even know that it exists.

Many people, when you say "email" they think "hotmail". I've heard some even refering to "email" as "hotmail".

notsosmart

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Msg#: 188 posted 5:27 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I like the idea, but doubt that I'll use it much. I already have the option in my Hotmail account (doesn't everyone?) and I hardly ever use that.

It is interesting from the standpoint of them not running ads on the downloaded messages. It seems like a bit of a shift. Of course, so few people will be using the POP3 feature that it probably won't put much of a dent in the ad revenue. Still it's interesting.

Tropical Island

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Msg#: 188 posted 6:28 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

We will definately use it.

We are being swamped with viruses and SPAM - more than 1000 per day.
Gmail handles these fantastically.

We will continue to create our mail on OE and then receive it through Gmail. This will also allow us to store back-ups in Gmail. We will then be able to check all the SPAM a couple of times a day without having to download it.

grelmar

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Msg#: 188 posted 6:30 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yahoo re-instated free pop3 months ago.

I'll take this as one less (minor) gripe about GMail. Now I'm off to see if I'm one of the lucky ones who has it early.

Symbios

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Msg#: 188 posted 7:04 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

SPAM - more than 1000 per day.
Gmail handles these fantastically.

I'd have to agree with that, I get quite a lot more and the only issue I have with gmail is that I can't bulk delete the spam, recently I got up to 1023 MB (102%) of the 1000 MB, it took a hell of a long time to delete the spam.

Tropical Island

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Msg#: 188 posted 7:23 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I can't bulk delete the spam

We can't bulk delete it even if it was available. Every now and then a genuine e-mail slips through. Having to check them 50 at a time is no big deal especially with the snippet of text they give you to review them. Takes about 10% of the time it used to.

Reflection

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Msg#: 188 posted 7:36 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm glad to see that automatic forwarding will remain free. I have a couple gmail accounts for various purposes and it is very handy to have certain messages automatically forwarded to my main account.

shri

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Msg#: 188 posted 1:44 am on Nov 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Any reason why POP3 and not IMAP?

Teknorat

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Msg#: 188 posted 3:39 am on Nov 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Probably cause POP is easier to implement.

The strange thing is POP access is something I wouldn't use- it kind of negates the point of Gmail :P But I'm sure some people will find it useful.

amznVibe

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Msg#: 188 posted 3:43 am on Nov 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yahoo re-instated free pop3 months ago.

Um, not that I can see.
It's only available under the premium paid service
or if you sign up for their "Yahoo Delivers" spam service.
You are saying you have free pop3 under regular yahoo without a 3rd party utility?

grelmar

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Msg#: 188 posted 4:01 am on Nov 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

You are saying you have free pop3 under regular yahoo without a 3rd party utility?

Yep. Had it for months now. Can't remember how/why it happened now, but it's quite handy.

I better knock on wood and hope it's not just a glitch in my account...

Went and looked... Yah, it looks like it's just "there" under "mail settings."

Just yer basic free yahoo mail account.

amznVibe

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Msg#: 188 posted 4:21 am on Nov 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Go look under your options again under marketing preferences.
[privacy.yahoo.com...]
Your email address is being supplied to 3rd parties for unfiltered
spam when you are using that interal pop3 access for "free".

nakulgoyal

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Msg#: 188 posted 5:12 am on Nov 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have 100,000 messages in my SPAM folder. Anybody knows how to empty them all?

grelmar

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Msg#: 188 posted 5:24 am on Nov 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Go look under your options again under marketing preferences.
[privacy.yahoo.com...]
Your email address is being supplied to 3rd parties for unfiltered
spam when you are using that interal pop3 access for "free".

Yes, and the beauty of it is the spam gets sent to a different mail account...

Namely the account that was perfectly valid when I signed up for Yahoo years ago, but has long since vanished into the cyber ether.

You can set in your preferences exactly what account the "special offers" etc get sent too. It has to be a valid account at the time, or the original "primary" account you used to create the Yahoo account. Not only is that account no longer active, but that ISP no longer exists.

Sure, I get spam. But oddly, almost none of it is sent to my Yahoo account. Most comes from other accounts that I have set to forward to Yahoo.

GoogleGuy

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Msg#: 188 posted 6:32 am on Nov 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Remember that Yahoo offered pop3 access for free for a few years before yanking it.
It takes alot of resources on the server side and without ads, there is no revenue for them.
I doubt it will last long for free.

Just wanted to stop in--I talked to a Gmail person, and they said that they have no plans to charge for POP3 access. They're not promising that they'll won't have to charge sometime in the future, but I got the distinct sense that they'd like to keep POP3 access free, which seems pretty cool.

nakulgoyal

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Msg#: 188 posted 7:22 am on Nov 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

GoogleGuy, PLEASE, if you could help me. I get lot of SPAM and I have over 100,000 mails in my SPAM folder which eat up my space. After around every 2 weeks, I sit down deleting 100 messages at a time from my SPAM folder. When you get a chance, maybe you could help me find a solution to this. I am using gmail as my Primary email now. It's Great.

Thanks.

GoogleGuy

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Msg#: 188 posted 4:30 pm on Nov 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'll pass this suggestion on--thanks for mentioning it!

OffTheRadar

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Msg#: 188 posted 10:15 pm on Nov 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

It would be really nice if GMail could actually check POP accounts and display the messages in the GMail interface. I have a few POP accounts that I check in addition to my GMail account, and when I am away from my home computer it is kind of a pain to login to separate web mail accounts for the POP accounts.

Seems like this would be something that would make sense to add. They could show ads while I read my POP mail, and maybe more people would use GMail if it could check all of their mail accounts.

wanderingmind

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Msg#: 188 posted 3:26 pm on Nov 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Suggestion to GG:

Google wants people to really love using Gmail, right?

For that wouldn't it be great to be able to check other email accounts and import them into Gmail? That would mean that people would start Gmail as their primary email account. Isn't this more important than the current feature of Gmail mails being able to be forwarded to toher mail accounts?

I have ten other email accounts, and I suppose with Gmail features, all of them coming into the Gmail inbox would be great.

goldrake

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Msg#: 188 posted 6:26 pm on Nov 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

hi
i for my web mail account ( hotmail-yahoo-lycos) i use this programm
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This is the best in italy

I think it will be use also with gmail

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[edited by: engine at 5:16 pm (utc) on Nov. 17, 2004]
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Tropical Island

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Msg#: 188 posted 5:17 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Our main account was just released for POP mail.

Just re-directed our main company mail account to Gmail and now have it all set up to send and receive through them.

This is a real benefit as our ISP had cut off all outgoing mail except through their own servers leaving us with no access to our website mail servers from OE except for downloads.

We now have an alternate out-going mail service when the other is having problems. The real benefit for us will be the SPAM & virus mail. It will save us a LOT of time.

supermanjnk

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 188 posted 2:48 pm on Nov 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

I got pop and email forwarding today :)

it has a feature to keep emails in your inbox even after poping.

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