Typically, people become dependent on Outlook for the folders, the contact management, and the searchability. The Outlook-dependent sometimes harbor a silent jealous of people with a snazzy Gmail account but the jealousy fades when the two are compared because Outlook outperforms Gmail despite how ugly and clunky Outlook is.
This article was originally published on AgentGenius.com on January 26, 2010.
MailBrowser is a Gmail browser addon that sits quietly alongside Gmail that gives Gmail much of the same functionality of Outlook. Many people don’t know that some time back, Gmail added tags and folders which solves the first objection to most Outlook users. But Gmail has yet to become a robust contact manager, so MailBrowser has stepped in and calls itself akin to Xobni (for Outlook).
I am currently a Gmail user, recovering from many years of Outlook use and this addon excited me for their robust features:
- searches text not only in mail but in attachments
- view thumbnails of all attachments between you and a contact
- simple contact management
- users can manage multiple accounts
- the program functions in the sidebar
- adds the ability to tag contacts
- stats “determine the balance of a relationship”
- auto sync across multiple installations
- offers desktop search for attachments
Aside from the endless Gmail options (like themes, tagging, Gmail chat, etc.), MailBrowser steps in to make Gmail a robust alternative to Outlook. What email client do you use today and which will you use tomorrow?