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Nick Johnson

A majority of the Collegian staff uses it pretty regularly. The chat feature is priceless, especially how every conversation is saved to refer to later on, and the labeling and search features make it impossible to lose track of an important email.

Chris Picht

I've been doing this since I started, just to avoid using PSU email woes. Did you know it's against university policy? Something about storing work data on non-university computers (Google's servers). Google offers it for free to Universities, but ITS won't have any of that -- probably because our in house WebMail is so well liked.

Cole Camplese

I have it on good authority that it is OK. If it isn't I'll go back. PSU email works perfectly for me -- I am on IMAP mail and it is almost always available (at least as much as gmail, probably more). I am just digging gmail as a client view into my psu mail. I've never really been a web mail kind of person, always opting for desktop clients, but gmail has some very nice features and it is fitting into my workflow.

Alan Levine

Gmail junkie here for both personal accounts and running GApps for NMC.

Be sure to dig into keyboard shortcuts, filters. Getting to use labels as tags rather than folders is a small leap. And explore the goodies under the Labs tab in Settings.

Missing is ability to drag and drop attachments in a message and reliably inert images in body of email.

But of course, email is dead...

Brad K

What seems to get lost in a lot of conversation about institutions switching to gmail is not that it is just an email service, but the web interface is perhaps the best email client out there (as your post demonstrates). I prefer it to the desktop apps I have used for sure.

Brad K

btw, your new blog theme is wicked.

Kyle Simon

I agree. Looking good!

Cole Camplese

Thanks to both of you! Was time to change things up a bit. I was looking to do something that simplified things. Hopefully I can feel good about this one for a little while. Thanks again!

Bob Cole

Great post! I recently went this route as our school moves from First Class to Exchange. I wasn't happy with Mac's version of Outlook (Entourage). I've got my work acct forwarding into gmail and am also toying with active sync with calendaring between iCal and Gcal which is working great; there's a nice little tool called colaboration that lets me add events in iCal that sync to both Gcal and my Iphone cal. So far I'm happy with the move and am anticipating a larger migration to gmail as the school considers the cloud.

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