Google is starting to “offer POP access”:http://gmail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=13273 for their Gmail service. As with the upgrade of Hotmail or Yahoo, the change is propagating slowly through the accounts. As I’m writing this, I still don’t see the option in my 2 accounts. But Google “said”:http://gmail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=13294&topic=194 we will all have it in several weeks.
It’s neither a good or bad news for me, as I won’t be using the feature. I’m using Gmail because of the web interface and all its niceties, not the name or the 1GB. If I want POP … wait … that’s a wrong question. If I want to read mails in my own client, I’d stick with “Fastmail”:http://fastmail.fm and “IMAP.”:http://www.ust.hk/itsc/email/tips/imap-or-pop.html I never want anything to do with “POP”:http://www.css.qmul.ac.uk/mail/compare.html no more. (there’re gonna be many a frustrated screams when people accidentally wipe out their 1GB mailbox with POP)