Check your other mail accounts with Gmail

Check your other mail accounts with Gmail

Summary: A feature about to be launched soon -- and maybe already has for some of you -- takes care of a highly requested feature and will make it even easier for users to switch to Gmail.  It's called Mail Fetcher, and it lets you check up to five different POP mail accounts right through your Gmail.

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A feature about to be launched soon -- and maybe already has for some of you -- takes care of a highly requested feature and will make it even easier for users to switch to Gmail.  It's called Mail Fetcher, and it lets you check up to five different POP mail accounts right through your Gmail.  This means you can now check accounts like your ISP address from within Gmail without setting up forwarding rules.

"Now Gmail can check for the mail you receive at your other email accounts. You can retrieve your mail (new and old) from up to five other email accounts and have them all in Gmail. Then you can even create a customized 'From:' address, which lets you send messages from Gmail, but have them look like they were sent from another one of your email accounts. Please note that you can only retrieve mail from accounts that have POP3 access enabled." -- Gmail "What's New" page

The idea isn't new, Yahoo offers the service for their mail application and Hotmail used to offer it years ago, but has since removed that functionality.  Google is relatively late to the game, but judging by the response, people don't care.  If you have the feature enabled already, let us know how it works by leaving a comment.

[Thanks Corsin, Nate] 

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  • Gmail/other mail interface

    I've been using this feature and it seems to work flawlessly and quickly.

    For maximum utility, I'd like to see Google expand this feature in two ways:

    1.) Make other mail appear on the Gmail notifier (Google Desktop/Google Talk)

    2.) Allow you to default or choose different signatures for each mail user identity that you reply from. For example, I use my regular Gmail account for personal e-mail and my school account for professional e-mail (I'm a graduate student) -- I don't need my Mom to be reminded of my credentials in a sig any more than my professor needs to see a link to my personal blog, so it would be nice to not have to edit a dual-purpose sig file in every e-mail.
    seraskin
    • GMAIl

      I tried to sign up for GMAIL and it says that I have to be invited...how does one get an invite?
      canuckchief@...
      • who already has GMail account

        This invitation will be from the one who already has mail account in GMail.

        varinder_vari
        varinder_vari@...
  • About freakin time!

    This is one thing I always felt Gmail was way behind the times with. The feature won't set the world on fire, but it might just drive the price of oil over $75 a barrel :)
    joesiegler
  • More proof that Google wants to be the next M$.

    [i]The idea isn't new, Yahoo offers the service for their mail application and Hotmail used to offer it years ago, but has since removed that functionality.[/i]

    The classic M$ tactic: Don't innovate, duplicate!
    Mr. Roboto
    • I really don't see the problem...

      because this is a highly requested feature... so they're not really stealing anyones idea.
      hannson@...
    • core difference:

      they are building it to be stable from the get-go... as well, they're taking the time to do it right, and that means after it is added, they won't need to remove it.

      a key learning point for good management/leadership:
      prior planning prevents poor performance
      shryko
    • Hmm.. Really.

      And what have YOU innovated these past couple of decades??

      eh?

      Didnt think so.
      msnewsgroups
  • Been using Gmail for my other account...

    I switched to Gmail instead of using the server which hosts my website because we were having a problen getting my pocket PC to download mail. The Gmail works fine and catches all of my spam, and sometimes includes a "good" e-mail. There is a strange quirk that I can't seem to fix - if I completely download a message to my pocket PC, it disapears on the next send/receive. Of course, I can get it from the Gmail webmail page or through Outlook with a regular send/receive. Hope that makes sense...
    janek@...