Review: Gmail Lite brings Gmail to your desktop via Pokki

At a Glance
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    PCWorld Rating

    Gmail Lite is a useful desktop Gmail client with a simplified version of the familiar Gmail interface. However, it's missing some important features.

Gmail client Gmail Lite takes email out of your browser and brings it, with a twist, to your desktop. This Pokki-based app is incredibly lightweight.

Gmail Lite's clean interface makes it easy to use Gmail on your desktop, provided all the Gmail features you need at the moment are supported.

The best part of having Gmail on your desktop is the real-time notifications; these come in pop-up banners as well as little tray badges, and ensure no email goes unnoticed. Gmail Lite sits in your Windows tray, and with one click, gives you access to all your emails, including labels, starred and sent emails. You can easily perform various Gmail actions such as assigning labels, starring and unstarring, archiving, and, of course, reading and writing emails.

Gmail Lite is almost perfect, but it is missing several crucial features: You cannot attach files; there is no in-email spellchecking; you cannot choose which email address to send from in case you own several, and (the most painful) the search feature doesn't work. Nevertheless, Gmail Lite is an excellent client for most Gmail features, and its multiple-user support really seals the deal.

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Gmail Lite is a useful desktop Gmail client with a simplified version of the familiar Gmail interface. However, it's missing some important features.

    Pros

    • Brings most Gmail features to desktop
    • Familiar and easy to use interface
    • Supports multiple users

    Cons

    • Can't attach files
    • Search doesn't work
    • No spellcheck
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