My latest apostasy: webmail vs. IMAP

September 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm
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I am extremely biased. I’ve been involved with Gmail as a product for some time. And I’ve had a Gmail account since 2004, when Gmail first came out. And yet I’ve become conflicted lately.

When Lion came out, I decided to check out the state of the art in ostensibly user-friendly (read: GUI) email clients. I don’t pretend to know much about how Apple Mail It was purely curiosity. But a number of issues have cropped up in my mind.

That said, there are some significant drawbacks, at least to Apple Mail in particular as well as Gmail/IMAP.

All this really amounts to in terms of my behavior is that nowadays I often have Mail open on my personal machines. I don’t shy away from using Mail on iOS devices, either. Beyond that, I still use Gmail for chat and I use it for most email operations that aren’t simply reading or deleting. The thought remains that I could, if I really wanted to, make the switch. I’m just not sure what it would take for me to do it; certainly I have no reason to now or in the near future.

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