I’ve written here in the past about Gmail’s non-support of the IMAP mail protocol, but I’m on a different mission today. Having recently set a truckload of my email to forward to Gmail, much of which I later download via POP to create a second local copy, I’m irritated at Gmail’s POP support.
- I can’t have my email client tell Gmail to give me read and unread mail from the inbox. Gmail ignores the request.
- Gmail has a bizarro feature that tells it to only do POP downloads of mail after now. While I thought “now” was whatever time you set the now feature, it’s actually seemingly a sliding window, where “now” is whatever time you last logged into Gmail. Huh? Am I missing something?
- If you don’t use the sliding now POP download, you’re forced to do an “All” messages download, which is completely nuts if you intermittently access Gmail via a Treo (or equivalent), as I do. There’s no way I’m downloading 1,000 messages over the cellular network.
- I can’t set a mail client to delete mail from server when downloaded. Gmail does whatever you set it to at the server, neatly ignoring whatever it’s told by POP mail clients.
While I like Gmail enough that I’ve put up with this stuff, the poor POP support is really bugging me. I would happily hear I’m misunderstanding something, but otherwise I’m convinced there is more of the usual Google Knows Best behavior.