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  1. stub's Avatar
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    Win10 v20H2 Build 19042.804
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    gMail Question


    Hi,

    I'm a complete noob using any version of windows, and I'm 67 years old. I just got Win10 with my Intel NUC PC. It was pre-installed, which probably doesn't help with my understanding, although it might not be the reason for my non-understanding. My path in OS's to this point has been Dos, OS/2, Linux openSUSE. I consider myself relatively competent with computers generally, but not very competent with stuff like Internet connectivity, although I generally have been able to make them work.

    The first and only thing I've done to date is connect everything together and see that it's all working.

    The next thing I did was download and install Chrome and make it my default browser. I then went straight to gmail.com and setup all my gMail accounts. Now here is where I get my first problem. I haven't touched the Mail part of Win10 at all.I have only maybe in the last year switched to using IMAP with my gMail accounts. I can see the advantages of not downloading any of this gMail stuff and doing it all online at gMail. So probably my first question.

    1) Is downloading gMail eMail now obsolete, or is there any good reason to continue to download it? And to what? I have been familiar with downloading everything and replying, rather than logging in and out of numerous gMail accounts. Which sounds laborious.

    So I thought I should re-create all these gMail accounts (about 15 of them) in WIN10. So I went to Mail>Add Account>Google> and it gave me the Google Login, but it insists I use Windows to manage my eMail.

    2) So my second question. Is that correct? That I give up gMails management of my accounts for Windows to manage them?

    3) I also have about 5 other email accounts related to domains I'm hosting. I presume these would be setup as Other Account, POP, IMAP.

    4) And I suppose finally, are there any solutions which would operate in a way which would allow me to see all my email in my accounts without having to download everything. I don't really think I need a backup of the gMail accounts. To date. Like now, when upgrading to Win10. It's always been the other way around. I've always used Thunderbird as my email client, until now. I'm not championing it, if there is something better.

    stu
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  2. clam1952's Avatar
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    I use Thunderbird in Windows and Linux with Gmail and a couple of others, it works and I've used it for a very long time, can't see any reason to change what works.
    No need to let Microsoft take control.
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  3. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Windows Home Dev 21H1 x64
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    stub said:
    I've always used Thunderbird as my email client, until now. I'm not championing it, if there is something better.
    Check out POP Peeper. It is simple (to my liking), yet powerful. I use it as my email client.
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  4. Posts : 1,952
    Windows 10
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    Hi,
    1) IMAP is the general way to go these days, I changed about 4 years ago.

    2) Exactly the same in that respect. You can use Gmail to access other Email Accounts if you wish to do it that way, or use an Email client. The Windows 10 Mail App is built in. It's use is optional, think that is 3) is your message.

    You can still access each Email Account with a Web Browser interface.

    You can still use another Email Clients like Thunderbird or whatever.

    Basically nothing has changed.
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  5. Plankton's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    Question: Doesn't an email client download the email?
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  6. stub's Avatar
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    Win10 v20H2 Build 19042.804
    Thread Starter
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    clam1952 said:
    I use Thunderbird in Windows and Linux with Gmail and a couple of others, it works and I've used it for a very long time, can't see any reason to change what works.
    No need to let Microsoft take control.
    So your suggestion would be to continue to use Thunderbird and continue to download all my gMail into Thunderbird? There isn't any better email client? I'm a complete noob with what is available in Win10,
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  7. stub's Avatar
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    Win10 v20H2 Build 19042.804
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    TairikuOkami said:
    Check out POP Peeper. It is simple (to my liking), yet powerful. I use it as my email client.
    Thanks for the suggestion, I'll take a look at it.
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  8. stub's Avatar
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    Helmut said:
    Hi,
    1) IMAP is the general way to go these days, I changed about 4 years ago.

    2) Exactly the same in that respect. You can use Gmail to access other Email Accounts if you wish to do it that way, or use an Email client. The Windows 10 Mail App is built in. It's use is optional, think that is 3) is your message.

    You can still access each Email Account with a Web Browser interface.

    You can still use another Email Clients like Thunderbird or whatever.

    Basically nothing has changed.
    Yep. I understand IMAP is better than POP3 :)

    Thunderbird is the email client I'm used to, But I'm not wedded to it, if there is anything superior. What I need is something that reads and replies to all my emails (gMail and hosted eMail) with ease and transparency. Without having to login to each account manually. Unlike my current setup where I have to login to each gMail account to read the mail (which I understand is a transitional phase). As I understand it Thunderbird will do all this. My question is. Is there something else, better than Thunderbird, at doing this, that I should be considering? Not knowing ZIP about Windows.
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  9. stub's Avatar
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    Win10 v20H2 Build 19042.804
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    Plankton said:
    Question: Doesn't an email client download the email?
    Sure. But is it stored on the hard disk when the app has closed? Maybe a naive answer/question?
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  10. simrick's Avatar
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    W10Prox64
       #10

    Hi.
    If you have a lot of email addresses, an email client certainly makes things a lot easier. Yes, email clients download everything and store it locally. Thunderbird is a great email client. The in-built Mail in Windows 10 is a bare-bones, down-and-dirty email client only. I'd stick with Thunderbird. Anything else remotely as good is not free. (MailBird, Outlook, etc.)
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