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My email "production" went leaps and bounds since i started using Gmail. Previously, I rarely replied to my personal emails, because of cumbersome and confusing interface (never used email clients, since i had to keep switching computers).
Gmail is refreshing. It's just like chat window.
I have to admit that I am very satisfied with the feature set and the reliability. All I really want from Gmail are two things:
1. Fix the "mangling forwarded HTML messages" problem. This would allow Gmail to be turned over to "the masses". Currently, if you receive an HTML-formatted message, if you forward it, all formatting, including images, are stripped and only the Plain Text is sent.
2. Allow a way to easily import and, most importantly, export emails. This would give me the peace-of-mind that I want.
I'm using it everyday, it's just way quicker than Yahoo and Hotmail.
Well ... that's easy to explain the reason... GMail is a beta test version that has a 'limited' under 100K number of users ... I think even my old laptop would handle that LOL (you know is a joke right?) ... you can not compare the speed at this point when Hotmail and Y! are already handling millions of users ... the only comparation can be done at the features level where I have read there are tons of nice thing in GMail.
Just don't check speed now.. it is too early for that, check speed the day G! says it has reached 10 millons of users or so... (please note that I'm not saying they wont handle that ;-), they will, they already handle +4'000 Millons of webpages) .. but I don't think is the time to say it will be faster than Hotmail or Y!.
Well ... that's easy to explain the reason... GMail is a beta test version that has a 'limited' under 100K number of users ...
That's not why it's so fast - the reason it's so fast is that they've actually been quite inovative with DHTML and everything is loaded up all at once - so it's as fast as having your email on your local machine (which, in a sense, you do).
Google now owns an instant messenger application. hello.com. I tried to start a thread on this but apparantly its not important.
Hello isn't being marketed as an instant messenger, it's being marketed as picture sharing. That might be why no one cares ... I know it's why *I* don't care. I used ICQ back when it first came out (My ICQ # was actually under 100,000) but dropped it due to the bugs and exploits and switched to AIM - been with AIM ever since and really I don't see the need to use another one. I'm not one of those people running Trillian connected to every IM server on the planet, one is enough for me - if you want to talk to me, download the one I use.
I really do like features such as labels instead of folders. The only problem I see with that is that you can't make sub-labels that you can hide like you can sub-folders. So you have a limited amount of real estate on that left hand bar and if you are an email-archiving freak like me that will become an issue.
I just started a joint business venture with someone and we are considering using a Gmail account for the email for that project - that way we could both answer emails and we could see the thread, kind of like a newsgroup. It has promise except for a few problems:
a) I'd like to be able to set up multiple "From" options, as well as the "Reply-to", so you could have a true seamlessness of answering messages from many projects (domains) and have them collect all under the same account.
b) If someone already has a Gmail account they'd have to log out of that one and into the joint one to access it and go back and forth. Too annoying. Ideally I would put a button for each account on the Google Toolbar, that would notify you of new mail as well. That would be uber-convenient.
c) Ideally some other group-ware features such as a basic project manager/to-do list tool would be nice. But I guess that's not the actual purpose of Gmail =)
I suppose I should just go hunting for something that is designed as groupware. But I do so like the Gmail quickness, simplicity, and features.
The tabbed message filter for long 'tennis' conversations is excellent. I now understand why it has to load, the speed of the UI is great.
I can't imagine it will be too long till features like labels will be applied for doze and Mac. It would make it so much quicker if I could label every file for a different domain or project or both with status and control, users and .... well the possibilities are endless.... time for M$ play catch up again and introduce this for windows explorer.
I had hotmail and yahoo and wouldn't swap it now if you paid me.
I agree with the statement above about there being no reply/delete button @ top. That would be handy.