NOTE: This was from my old A&L Enterprises blog – but I thought it was interesting… I’m now at 64%….
When I purchased my Palm Pre I knew it was time to move to Gmail – as the e-mail on this phone works well with Gmail. I’d been thinking about it for some time – as Outlook was becoming somewhat annoying and the appeal of access to e-mail anywhere was compelling. So I decided to make the move for the following reasons:
- I was tired of POP3 access on my old Phone – as I would find myself deleting e-mails off both the phone and then later on Outlook.
- Gmail can pull in my various POP3 accounts (I have an ISP account, Yahoo and my own website’s e-mail) into one view.
- My Palm Pre can then connect to Gmail to show all my e-mail – but NOT download it – only view it.
- With IMAP access I can upload my set of old e-mails to Gmail.
- I felt comfortable with Gmail – as it was a secure connection and I can enable offline ability.
- The world is moving to the cloud – so I might as well go with it.
- Finally Outlook was getting annoying – as I was up to 3 different PST files and it was still slow. That and trying to access the same Outlook files from 2 different computers was problematic (as Outlook would try to re-create a default file every time it couldn’t access a network connection).
Now the fun part was the transition:
- IMAP is the tool – as you can move the messages without having to forward, etc.
- So I linked my Gmail account in Outlook and copied some messages from Outlook to Gmail. And guess what – Outlook crashed! It did this everytime I tried it – on 2 different computers.
- So Plan B:
- I downloaded Thunderbird and attempted to pull in Outlook – but ran into problems with the Import.
- So Plan C:
- I pulled in the Outlook PST file into Outlook Express – and I had to do this 3 times – as it only pulled in the default “PST” file (so I switched it twice).
- I then pulled in the Outlook Express file into Thunderbird.
- Now finally I could copy files from my local computer up to Gmail.
- I’m actually still working on this as I have a lot of sent mail to copy up.
The cool thing is that I’m only using about 20% of my gmail storage limit – and I have a lot of e-mail!