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Free POP and IMAP
POP is the Internet protocol that most desktop mail readers use to retrieve mail messages. That means you can use programs like Outlook or Apple Mail to check your Gmail account.Similar mail services from Google competitors either charge for POP access or do not offer it.
Google also provides free IMAP access. IMAP is the preferred protocol for people who use more than one computer or device to check their email.
Gmail Labs and To-Do ListsGmail introduces experimental add-ons and features through Gmail Labs. This lets you decide which features you'd like to use while they're still being developed.
How to Turn on Gmail Labs Features
Part of those Gmail Labs features is a to-do list. This is a feature that was sorely needed for users who want to replace their traditional email account with Gmail.
How to Create a Gmail To-Do List
If you download Google Gears, a browser extension, you can access your Gmail account from your browser window even when your computer is not connected. New messages will be received and sent when your computer is connected again.
Lean More About Google Gears
What's Not to Love?
Gmail has exploded in popularity, which means that there are occasional server slow downs and down times. Although Gmail lets you keep your mail archived on their server, don't count on it being the only backup for important data, just as you wouldn't leave important data on only one hard drive.
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