Email Client (Outlook, etc) v Gmail

#1
Porridge_gun's thread about migrating between outlook installations brought back all sorts of hideous memories of moving around monster pst files. Fortunately I moved, via thunderbird, to browser email (gmail) some years ago so haven't had this problem for years.

It did make me wonder whether anyone could come up with a compelling reason to continue to use an email client?



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#2
Porridge_gun's thread about migrating between outlook installations brought back all sorts of hideous memories of moving around monster pst files. Fortunately I moved, via thunderbird, to browser email (gmail) some years ago so haven't had this problem for years.

It did make me wonder whether anyone could come up with a compelling reason to continue to use an email client?



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It lets me keep all my emails in one place without having to switch between three gmail accounts and the OU.
 
#3
PGP
 
#4
#Fail, I do that all the time by having three browser tabs open. Multiple account sign in makes this really easy.



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#5
I have my gmail synced to my outlook...with my other email accounts run as pop under the same client. There is something reassuring to me about having all my historic emails downloaded on my desktop PC. I suppose I could IMAP all my accounts on the client as I have reasonable storage on my accounts. Using web interfaces to email accounts doesn't do it for me...I still like the functionality of outlook.

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#7
Working offshore I am often in a position where I can not access my accounts (dodgy internet) so having it all in outlook allows me to access stuff offline.
 
#8
Which bit? Certainly the search function is nowhere near as good.


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Enterprise environment is always going to prefer ownership of mail servers and clients although Office 365 is popular with small and medium firms. I like being able to save and attach emails easily, the functionality of Outlook but for personal use happy with web based mail systems.
 
#10
Working offshore I am often in a position where I can not access my accounts (dodgy internet) so having it all in outlook allows me to access stuff offline.
That's about the only advantage I can think of as well.



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#11
Porridge_gun's thread about migrating between outlook installations brought back all sorts of hideous memories of moving around monster pst files. Fortunately I moved, via thunderbird, to browser email (gmail) some years ago so haven't had this problem for years.

It did make me wonder whether anyone could come up with a compelling reason to continue to use an email client?
It's with you locally and you don't have to rely on a working internet connection. Use both webmail and client and you'll be golden
 
#12
That's about the only advantage I can think of as well.
Always having your mail to hand and not reliant on a working connection at all of the myriad potential points of failure between user and provider is quite a large advantage in my book.

I've spent years doing this shit, and in all that time I've never come across any reason to ditch locally held mail. Use both
 

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#13
Which bit? Certainly the search function is nowhere near as good.


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I suppose everything I am used to doing in outlook is achievable in gmail online, but outlook gives me it in a package (office) that is set up to allow me to navigate the functions in a way that I find intuitive due to the use of other MS Office apps. Perhaps it's as simple as the (G)UI...which I have used across previous versions...allows me intuitive use of the application...more than the mere functionality. Signatures with *.jpgs are also something I use often and again formatting them in office suites...perhaps if could do this in gmail I'd think of switching.

I have to say that IMAP on my nexus 7 is much better than my alumni webmail which is painfully primitive...so I'm firing up outlook mostly as an archiver...although I still wait to send important emails formatted in outlook...

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#14
Two interesting replies but no sign off a killer feature. Personally I view seamless integration across any device you care to name as a huge advantage. Against this I'll happily trade the very slim chance that Google and the internet will go offline!

Usability is as much about familiarity as anything else. I've used ms office on dii for years but switched everything on my personal system to Google docs a couple of years ago. I now absolutely prefer the latter.

For ARRSE email we use a ticket response system (via a browser) which is functionality neither offers.


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#15
Can you use PGP to encrypt your email on gmail?
 
#16
#17
Can you use PGP to encrypt your email on gmail?
You had to encrypt locally, paste, then send, then reverse at the other end - last time I tried it
 
#18
Two interesting replies but no sign off a killer feature. Personally I view seamless integration across any device you care to name as a huge advantage. Against this I'll happily trade the very slim chance that Google and the internet will go offline!
local routers can fail, the DSLAM can fail, a lorry can take out a phone line, a digger can take out a buried line, and that's just the last mile.

I have everything locally in outlook on the mac book and mac pro. Everything else uses webmail or the app.

Use both, best of both solution that gets round the problems of the other.
 
#19
Run your own mail server, and use whatever you want. Worked until google removed then exchange connector from android... I'm now toying with the mail server app on a Synology disk station; needs to pull mail from my main Zen pop3 account, gmail account, and perhaps a domain mail account. Allow access from my iPad, galaxy s3, and outlook on a desktop and laptop.
 
#20
Are you seriously suggesting that Outlook has a search function anywhere close to that of gmail? The fact you have to produce that article pretty much concedes the point!

nobbyd said:
lUse both, best of both solution that gets round the problems of the other.


Except that I don't think there is any need! I'd love to hear of a feasible scenario where I can't get online either via my broadband, 3G signal or a local hotspot.
 
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