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gmail desktop softwareGmail is now the only email service I use. It’s fast, extremely simple, has a lot of great features, and it has everything I’m looking for from an email client. Google Labs alone makes Gmail worth giving a try if you haven’t used it before, and there are plenty of third party add-ons you can utilize as well. Just recently, in fact, I showed you TaskForce, which gives you an easy way to convert Gmail emails into tasks TaskForce Quicly Converts Gmail Emails Into Tasks TaskForce Quicly Converts Gmail Emails Into Tasks TaskForce is a browser extension available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that turns emails into tasks for you. With TaskForce, you can organize tasks into simple lists that you create yourself. It integrates with Gmail,... Read More .

One of the things I’ve always liked about Gmail was that it was the first true cloud app I got used to accessing. Being completely browser based, it helped me transition from desktop apps to web-based ones, possibly because there simply weren’t any desktop email clients that could live up to what Gmail offered, at least for me, anyway.

That no long holds true now that I’ve found GeeMail. GeeMail is a standalone Gmail desktop client for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it’s a great answer for your offline needs.

What Is GeeMail?

GeeMail runs on Adobe AIR (cross-platform), and it looks and feels a lot like the Gmail that you’re used to. Since GeeMail supports the old UI of Gmail itself, things just work the way they do in Gmail, even the keyboard shortcuts.

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With GeeMail, you can view all of your mail and even reply to messages while offline. When you do, your replies will be sent the next time the application detects that you are connected to the Internet.

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Gmail tried to give users an offline solution using Gears, but GeeMail is a lot faster. It can grab hundreds of your most recent messages within minutes. It can do this because it only pulls in the bare essentials. Gmail’s labeling structure, for instance, won’t be pulled in by GeeMail unless you are online.

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There is no configuration with GeeMail. The program has everything in place which is required to access your Gmail, meaning you don’t need to configure POP and IMAP settings like traditional email clients.

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GeeMail also has a search feature, which I believe is newly added. You can search emails regularly, or click on Advanced Search to do things like search only messages from or to a specific person.

How Do I Use GeeMail?

To get started with GeeMail, just head over to their website and click the Free Download button. The client will install with Adobe Air and the first time you run it you will see a login screen that looks strikingly similar to Gmail’s online login page. Type in your credentials to log in and get your mail.

GeeMail will take a minute to connect to your Gmail account and load, but once it does you will have all of your email and labels in the app to begin viewing.

Conclusion

As with any email client, GeeMail takes a bit of getting used to, but once you have it where you feel comfortable, it’s quite useful for you. I will be sticking with the online version of Gmail, but this presents a nice offline solution for me if I ever need to read something important when my Internet connection goes down.

What do you think about Gmail desktop software or desktop email clients in general? Do you have a favorite app?  Let us know what you think about this one and whether you see yourself using it, instead of the web-based Gmail.

  1. Philip
    June 25, 2011 at 7:37 am

    News: Adobe is no longer supporting AIR for Linux. http://www.osnews.com/story/24859/Adobe_Drop_Linux_Support_for_Adobe_AIR
    Which means my BBC pleasure will be short lived.

    Philip

  2. Siddarthlokandri
    June 16, 2011 at 6:29 am

    i have download it but its not working properly

  3. Derekwas
    June 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Marked all my unread mail in inbox,as read!
    Argh!

    • Steve Campbell
      June 16, 2011 at 1:55 am

      Sorry, Derek! Not sure why this is affecting some people but apparently it's an issue.

  4. Ve
    June 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Screwed up my inbox too. Same thing, marking as read what I had left unread, etc.

    Pity, I'd love an alternative to Gears....

    • Steve Campbell
      June 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      Sorry to hear that you had the same experience, Ve. Thanks for coming back and giving feedback.

  5. Hs
    June 4, 2011 at 9:11 am

    GeeMail completely screwed up my inbox: Dozens of emails from the last weeks that I had left unread to deal with later (I use starring for "deal with MUCH later") were marked as read - without any warning or question whatsoever. Thanks, GeeMail, now I cab try to mop up your errors all weekend! Didn't want to meet friends or bake in the sun anyway! And thanks MuO team for thoroughly testing software before recommending it!

    And to top it all, GeeMail only supports a fraction of GMail's features. Destructive AND useless, that's a rare combination...

    I strongly advise against using GeeMail. Personally, I will also avoid all other products by the developers.

    • Steve Campbell
      June 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      Sorry to hear that, Hs. None of my emails were prematurely marked read while testing it. Very strange. I agree that it could use more of Gmail's features, though.

  6. Extreme John
    June 4, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Tried using this app but I still stick to Gmail. I'm almost always online so Gmail still works best for me. :)

    • Steve Campbell
      June 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      My thoughts exactly, John. I was hoping that GeeMail would be a nice alternative to others looking for something else, though.

  7. Virtual Business Assistant
    June 4, 2011 at 1:34 am

    I have just downloaded it and have to see how it works out for me. Thanks for the share.

  8. Richard Servello
    June 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Ummmm, I don't really see a point to this...Its a browser without well...the browsing.

  9. Doug Robertson ?
    June 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Nope!  Too slow and can't minimize it to the tray.  #FAIL

    • Steve Campbell
      June 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      I agree that nothing beats the web version of Gmail, but I feel like the app has potential to be a good alternative. Thanks for the feedback!

  10. Djangelic
    June 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    just downloaded it, hope it works :)

    • Djangelic
      June 3, 2011 at 11:25 pm

      And I just removed it... :P dont like it...

      • Steve Campbell
        June 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm

        Sorry to hear that, Djangelic. It does take some getting used to.

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