Good question. My email setup as it stands isn't broken, per se, so why try and fix it. The only real reason is that POP3 access to my inbox is slooooow.
For the last 7 years or more my setup has been to have email for both domains delivered to the codestore Domino server and then to my own Mail File. From there I download it to Thunderbird via POP3, while leaving a copy in the Notes Mail File, which acts as a kind of backup.
I don't use the Notes client for email.
It all works well, but I find myself checking mail while out and about more and more. Either via my Android-based phone or my iPad or (if I'm really desperate) via an internet browser direct to the Notes mail file.
When using POP3 on my mobile devices to connect to the Domino server it can take what feels like an eternity to check for new mail. It's probably less than a minute in reality but when you just want to quickly check for mail it sure feels like forever as you sit watching a spinner go round and round.
Day-to-day use is fine as Thunderbird checks for new mail every 10 minutes and the POP3 delays just get added on to this interval and go un-noticed. It's just when I'm not at the desk that I find myself thinking there has to be something better.
In total I probably have about 6 or 7 email addresses. Two are them are Notes-based. Others are on Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail (my "throw-away" address) and my own POP3 server. It's when I compare these other setups to my Notes-based one, which is the most important and most-used of them all, that I see how it's lacking somewhat.
Hmm. Mainly because it integrates so well with various and many devices. Read a mail on my phone and it's marked as read online etc. But also because I know they offer this service and I can't off-hand think of any other similar service.
For the last couple of days I've been setting up an account with Google Apps for Business for Rockalldesign.com and testing it out. I really like what I'm seeing.
- It works how I'd expect email to work.
- Through Google's IMAP support I can download (and hence backup) and sync my mail between the internet and my laptop.
- Sent mail gets stored on the web. Currently sent items are only stored on my laptop and not in my Notes mail file.
- Similarly if I send a mail from the internet while out and about it will sync to Thunderbird's sent folder when I get back.
- Read/unread status of messages is synced between laptop, web and mobile devices.
- Google Mail has tight integration with Android
What's to lose? Anybody know any reason I should think twice?