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Me The Geek » Blog Archive » 3(+) reasons to use Gmail in your company
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08 Mar

3(+) reasons to use Gmail in your company


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I use Gmail for all my business now. I even recommend it to our clients. This are the top three reasons why: Gmail has, for free,

  1. One of the best anti-spam filters
  2. Over 2.8 GB of storage
  3. Great (Best as far as I know) Web User Interface

Steve Rubel gives account of many creative uses for a Gmail. If you do a search, you could find thousands of other uses too, like this list published by Alex Bailey.

Gmail is now open for everybody too, so the creation of a new account is no longer a problem.

The Drawbacks

You can receive, and even send e-mail using any (non Gmail) account that you want. There is a “minor” glitch to sending from the Web UI though. To solve this problem, either send from your webmail, or use an e-mail client (Let me suggest Thunderbird for you).

The other drawback, and the one that keeps many companies from using Gmail, is that you have your info on a machine that you do not own; you have to trust Gmail for privacy. The only solution to this problem will come with either Google making Gmail Open Source, or waiting until some Open Source project gets that level of functionality, so that sysadmins can install it on in-house servers. That’s what I hope OpenGoo will achieve.

Conclusions

If the privacy of the info in your e-mail is not critical, or you trust Gmail enough to host your data, then Gmail is a great solution to reduce the administration costs of email at your company. Even if you just use it as a backup of your. But for me, nowadays, it is the e-mail client that actually serves as backup.

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