mbabuskov - 2:32 pm on Feb 27, 2011 (gmt 0)
I'm using GMail for about three years now. There are many positive things like having it accessible from everywhere. I have found two problems that are not so big for me, but could pose an issue for you:
1. search is not precise. Apparently, they are using the same algorithm as searching the web. Now, this is nice because you could find some stuff really fast, but sometimes it simply fails to find a message. It happened to me like 10 times so far. I had an email and I knew for certain it contained a word, for exampl XYZ. Running the search on it found nothing. The I opened the mailbox and manually searches a few hundred messages (because it was important) and found it. It did contain XYZ in the text.
2. google can change anything regardless of whether you like it or not. You just have to acknowledge that you understand the change, but there's nothing you can do about it. For example, latest changes in making all Google Apps accounts act like real Google accounts, makes me have to log in and log out each time I wish to switch from my personal and business email address. Earlier I was able to keep personal account in one browser tab and business one in another. I also use Google Analytics and Docs and I have to log in and out all the time, because those are included in the package. Now, it would be nice if I could just opt out to use the old system, but they are automatically migrating everyone by March 1st this year.
All this being said, it's still beats the hassle of running your own email server, so if these two issues are not so important for you, go ahead.