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Right. You don't love the web version. I get it. Me neither. Well. It's okay... but, what it *does* is what makes it a really handy way to access your emails. And I wouldn't go back to using Thunderbird.
So, here are my 10 reasons why accessing Gmail via the web might be a great idea.
1. You can access your email from wherever you have an internet connection
2. You can translate messages from within your email using Google Translate
3. You can create documents from emails in your inbox - which is brilliant if you want to draft a response to an email or use an email as the basis of something else you're writing.
4. Creating filters to manage your email is dead easy
5. You get to use Google's search functionality to track down emails
|Some of the options available in Gmail labs|
7. You don't have to be online to access your emails - Gmail can be used offline with Chrome as your browser
8. You can reply to threads on Google+ from within your inbox which means that you can just have your email open and don't need to go into Google+ to continue a conversation there.
|Replying to a Google+ post from within Gmail|
10. You get access to Google Tasks which are a lovely little productivity tool - you can create a task from an email - give it a date (and it'll appear in your calendar) and if you go to http://gmail.com/tasks from your mobile and add it to your home screen, then the mobile version is a thing of loveliness!
Go on... give it a go. Log on to http://mail.google.com and try it for a week.
You never know, you may never go back!
(... but if you have tried it and prefer your email client... which one do you like and why? Drop in a comment below!)
* Oh, and this post is also related to a recent announcement by Mozilla. If you want to understand how a tech company says they're not developing something any more in slightly tortuous language... look at this recent announcement from Mozilla about their Thunderbird email client:
"continued innovation in Thunderbird is not a priority for Mozilla’s product efforts"Which basically means that if you're a Thunderbird aficionado, then this isn't great news. Yes, there are other email clients out there and Thunderbird isn't entirely disappearing... but... wouldn't now be a good time to think about doing things a little differently?