A little over a week ago, I switched to Gmail, and I’d like to report that I’m very happy with it so far. It is very fast and easy to use, and ideal for accessing the same email account from several different computers (such as my workstation at work, as well as my desktop and my laptop at home). Labels are very nice as well. They work pretty much like folders, but since Gmail organizes email by conversations, a label will automatically be applied to an incoming email if it represents a follow-up to a previouly labeled conversation, meaning that you can simply hit “Archive” once you’re done reading the email. Also, Gmail does an absolutely astounding job at presenting a conversation and cutting out quoted text, regardless of how exactly the quoting was accomplished.

Today I noticed a “New Features” link, alerting me to the fact that Gmail now supports email with rich formatting (although this feature is apparently still being rolled out and may not be available to all users). I tried it out, and it works as advertised. Very nice!