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I use Gmail for both my personal and business e-mail. The business side of things is relatively new (within the last month or so).

I’ve fortunately been selected as a beta participant for the Hosted Gmail service – so I am using my TECHNOSIGHT e-mail address with Gmail, as opposed to an address@gmail.com’. In order to get all my TECHNOSIGHT e-mail addresses running through Gmail, the only thing I really needed to do was change my MX records.

Hosted Gmail is going to be a real winner for Google, especially if they decide to offer it as a paid service. I’d gladly pay for it – it is just that useful. I previously was using Mozilla Thunderbird via IMAP to do work e-mails. I actually really like using an e-mail client, as I think most people do. But with that being said, I am a relatively mobile worker and I use multiple laptops. Even with IMAP, it still was a pain to use Thunderbird.

Now, no matter where I am, my e-mail inbox appears the same because I view it through a web browser. Sure, I give up a couple of niceties like fuller rich text editing and return receipts but it’s worth it for me.

A similar service is what Sproutit is doing with Mailroom (see my interview with Sproutit CEO Charles Jolley). My biggest qualm with Mailroom though, is that you don’t get a fully branded e-mail address (e.g., my e-mail would show as technosight@sproutitmail.com’).

Over the past month or two, Gmail has been painfully slow. I imagine that it’s because of its popularity. Among my friends (20 somethings), there are few people I know who don’t have a Gmail account. Hopefully, they can do some sort of hardware upgrade in the near future.

I’ll be posting on some tools for mobile workers pretty soon.

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Ken Yarmosh is a consultant who helps organizations get the most out of their technology investments. He works with technology users and creators across various industries, focusing on technology education and strategy. With over 7 years IT experience, Ken has worked with small businesses, non-profits, federal agencies, and multi-million dollar companies.

His online efforts include acting as the Editor for the Corante Technology Hub and authoring the TECHNOSIGHT blog.

Hosted Gmail a Winner for Google
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About Ken Yarmosh
Ken Yarmosh is a consultant who helps organizations get the most out of their technology investments. He works with technology users and creators across various industries, focusing on technology education and strategy. With over 7 years IT experience, Ken has worked with small businesses, non-profits, federal agencies, and multi-million dollar companies. His online efforts include acting as the Editor for the Corante Technology Hub and authoring the TECHNOSIGHT blog. WebProNews Writer
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