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Desktop or web-based email?

After getting used to Gmail 3 years ago, I swore I'd stick to web-based email. With IMAP now available, I set it up last week in Apple's Mail client on my desktop to integrate better with offline storage, emailing links, etc, and found myself changing my ways.

It wasn't easy: The initial download took forever and I had to work at getting Apple's Junk Filters to cooperate. (I.e., still work on the 2 POP accounts I check in Mail while leaving Gmail's already filtered mail alone).

I'm a convert. I used to open a browser window with three tabs: Google homepage, RSS, and Gmail and check it throughout the day. Now I'm in Mail only when I need to be, and ignore RSS and news until it occurs to me to catch up.

I did really like the Gmail interface, with conversations, shortcuts, etc, but I've been trying to make Safari my full-time browser and it wasn't playing nice. I've found a surge of productivity by sticking to the desktop.

How do others find web-based vs. desktop email to impact their productivity?

Anthony's picture

Back to the Desktop

Was a huge fan of Apple Mail (particularly because of the way it handles conversation threading), but have been working for an Outlook/Exchange-driven company for a couple years, and one behind a firewall to boot. Therefore, I had to come up with a non-Apple Mail solution (particularly given my dislike of Entourage 2003).

Two things recently changed for me, however. Gmail IMAP support and being able to beta Entourage 2008. I'm still a huge fan of Apple Mail, but Entourage 2008 is enough of an improvement to keep me happy so far (still miss the way Mail threads conversations), and it seamlessly syncs back-and-forth with Address Book and iCal, making iPhone syncing a snap.

I can also now get my Exchange email in the same app, which makes me very happy. Hated having to swap apps for separate email accounts.

Gmail still rocks, but it's now tamed within my own system and works out nicely. I still use labels (they're folders in Entourage) and haven't had much of a problem yet.




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