All of the various email identities that I had were therefore forwarded to my GMail account and that has been the situation now for some time. Owing to a project that I am involved in, I then had to reconfigure my desktop email client and whilst doing this, I found that GMail had implemented POP; this means that I can receive my email on my desktop client (and resume my various email identities) and still take advantage of GMail's spam filtering for my main address.
Apple's Mail is not at all bad and being able to filter all of my email addresses into different accounts is going to be very useful. However, the emails are still marked as unread on my GMail account, which is something of a pain—especially when dialling in remotely.
But now, via Daring Fireball, I see that GMail is also implementing IMAP.
When we checked Gmail Help database this evening, Gmail had said that they support POP, but not IMAP. Then a few minutes later, that doc was gone, and a stack of IMAP related help docs were up. The new pages explain how to integrate the new mail feature. It's as easy as setting up POP, but with huge benefits.
Why is IMAP integration a good thing for Gmail? POP was a stepping stone, but IMAP pushes Gmails benefits over the top. With IMAP, users can now access their email via a desktop application like Outlook or Thunderbird, read emails, make changes, delete, and have the changes made across platforms. So if you now log into your Gmail account, the message which you read in Thunderbird, will now be marked accordingly. No more wasting time trying to sift through emails that had already been answered.
Alas, I am not one of the lucky account holders as yet, but as soon as I do have the IMAP option, I shall be a happy Devil.
Not least because, although one could access one's GMail account through a web browser, the iPhone's Mail client works using IMAP. So, should I decide to buy one of these lovely devices, I shall be able to use the Mail client natively, rather than having to do so through the browser.
Oh, and Apple's new Leopard operating system is released on Friday and it looks to be pretty fucking amazing. I am very, very excited.
DISCLAIMER: I own Apple shares. Current price: $181.82, although they hit over $187 yesterday owing to Apple's record-breaking Quarter Profits. They have sold over 2.2 million Macs in the last three months.
It has occurred to me that I feel immense loyalty to Apple. Some people support football teams; I don't. I do support Apple with the same fervour though.