TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Gmail Users Soon Able to Check E-Mail Via Outlook

Gmail Users Soon Able to Check E-Mail Via Outlook

Lisa Minter (
Wed, 10 Nov 2004 21:57:37 EST

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Web search leader Google Inc. said on
Wednesday it will soon make it possible for users of its free Gmail
service to check their e-mail via Microsoft Outlook or on certain
handheld devices such as mobile phones.

Google said it is adding POP, or post office protocol, access to Gmail
for all users over the next couple of weeks. The move will enable
Gmail users to download a copy of their messages through other e-mail
programs, such as Outlook and Eudora, and devices that support POP.

Using POP access, Gmail users would also be able to view their
messages offline.

Google said it already provides free automatic forwarding, which
enables users to send incoming messages to the e-mail of their choice.

"We have no plans to charge for either feature," the company said.

Google, which had its much anticipated initial public offering in
mid-August, recently has been adding address book and other features
to its advertising-supported Gmail service launched this spring.

Microsoft Corp.and Yahoo Inc. which compete with Google in Web
search, also offer rival free e-mail services.

People can access POP mail accounts for free through Yahoo Mail, but
forwarding is available only as part of a premium mail service, a
company spokeswoman said.

Representatives of Microsoft's Hotmail service were not immediately
available to comment.

Google shares, which briefly topped 200 after debuting at 85,
closed at 167.86 on the Nasdaq, off 84 cents, or 0.5

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