For those with a account that is...

It seems the nice group over at Google GMail have opened up POP3 access to the masses! Check out the New Features! link when logged into gmail to get the scoop.

POP, or Post Office Protocol, lets you download messages from Gmail's servers onto your computer so you can access your mail with a program like Microsoft Outlook Express or Netscape Mail, even when you aren’t connected to the Internet. POP access is free for all Gmail users and we have no plans to charge.

* Over the next several weeks, we are introducing POP access to all of our users. To make sure the feature is fully stable, we're giving users access to POP in phases. Once POP access is available to you, a 'New Features!' link appears at the top of your account, along with a 'Forwarding and POP' tab on your 'Settings' page.

Now, one less thing I need to manually check in on! That brings a new subject up: how many plugins are you using in your email software? Here's my list:

  1. Newsgator - A RSS feed consumer    
  2. Lookout - Lightning fast search    
  3. HTTPMail to my Hotmail account    
  4. POP3 to my personal account    
  5. POP3 to GMail

All this with exchange caching turned on, I sure miss the days when Outlook would take less than 5 minutes to start up...