<P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by AlanMiller on 29-Oct-07 14:50. )</P>I've posted this here so it won't "vaporize". I hope it belongs, since it does relate to the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> Thunderbird mail client.

Geek To Live: Turn Thunderbird into the Ultimate Gmail IMAP Client starts out saying:

"Gmail's IMAP support roll-out this week had nerds all atwitter about the possibility of synchronized email access across devices, computers, and clients. IMAP is far superior to regular old POP for fetching your messages and maintaining your folder list whether you're on your iPhone, office or home computer. If IMAP's got you curious but you're not sure what desktop application to use with Gmail, consider the extensible, fast, cross-platform and free Mozilla Thunderbird, our beloved Firefox's little sibling. Here's how to get the full Gmail experience in Thunderbird with IMAP."

I followed through the procedure, using Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition (which I also use as an excellent archiver of Outlook Express). I firstly followed the instructions at Thunderbird 2.0.

I now have a really slick local IMAP facility for managing GMail... so much faster than using the website. Highly recommended!

Edit: See also First Look: Hands On With GMail's New IMAP Support on Compiler