I just read an article over on Download Squad, thanks Kevin, that has me quite excited as a mobile device user who relies on Gmail. It seems that Gmail is FINALLY rolling out IMAP support. I started using Gmail 3 years ago and initially bounced back to Yahoo! because I needed an IMAP account to effectively manage my email from multiple mobile devices and PCs. I then went back to Gmail due to the compelling web interface and subscribed to a hosted Exchange account for my email. Still, even to this day, I have to forward my Gmail to my hosted Exchange and must managed Gmail email multiple times on the iPhone, BlackBerry, etc. With IMAP support my email will now be synced across all platforms and I will increase my productivity.
The lack of IMAP has been especially bothersome for me the last 3 months on the Apple iPhone and I can't wait for my account to be provisioned with IMAP access. According to the Download Squad article IMAP seems to be rolling out to users and unfortunately, I don't yet have this functionality. I'll definitely be reevaluating my needs for multiple email services and hosted Exchange (syncing my calendar and contacts is still valuable, but again may be handled by Google too) services. Is anyone else as excited about this news as I am?