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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
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 12:06 pm (utc) on Nov. 11, 2004]
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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?
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.
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.
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.
Go look under your options again under marketing preferences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the best in italy
I think it will be use also with gmail
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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.