This is funny that they mimic the desktop app interface in the webmail UI, as I’m hoping for the exact opposite: I wish they copy some Gmail feature in Mail.app…
I’m using Gmail instead of Mail.app for a few weeks now, some of the reasons for the change are linked to the very nature of webmail e.g.:
This is why I used both Mail.app and Gmail, surprisingly what convinced me to switch is pure interface design goodness. Mainly one: The way messages are threaded in Gmail is brilliant.
In Mail.app when my original messages are not included in the response, I have to switch between “Inbox” and “Sent” all the time. The thread presentation is so bad that I never used it anyway, but after using Gmail on the road, I couldn’t take it anymore when I was back home. The way Gmail groups them all and the colors/presentation used is a real time saver for me.
I’m not sure the “let’s replicate desktop apps on the web” trend is a good one. I think they should be inspired by Gmail and other online services first.
Posted on 28/9/2006 .