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Google™ Apps Deciphered: Compute in the Cloud to Streamline Your Desktop by Scott Granneman

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Chapter 9. Integrating Gmail with Other Software and Services

As great as Gmail is when used in a web browser, you don’t have to access it that way. In fact, you can access Gmail in three ways: in a web browser, such as Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer; POP access via a desktop email client or device; and IMAP access via a desktop email client or device.

The previous chapter, “Five Things to Know About Using Gmail,” looked at the essentials when using Gmail in a web browser. In this chapter I examine using Gmail via a desktop client or mobile device, but I focus almost entirely on IMAP, for a variety of reasons that I’ll explain shortly. In addition, I look at software tools that allow you to extend and change the web interface ...

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