Help assuage my fears: moving from local-client email to web-based.

I've been using Mail.app and Outlook for years to manage my (4) email accounts using IMAP. I'm trying to simplify things and have been testing out using Outlook (web formerly Hotmail) to receive/send for all accounts via POP. I kind of like it, but for some reason I'm still nervous about switching over 100% to a web-based mail setup.

With IMAP I liked the idea of having access to all my messages from wherever I am, but I could just as easily do that if I were using a web-based client. The only disadvantage I can see is that I'm not sure how or if I would be able to send-on-behalf-of my POP accounts when using a mobile device (WP8). Does anyone know if this is possible or would I still have to set up the POP accounts individually to make that work?

Anyone else have success stories of fully migrating to Gmail or Hotmail or something and being totally client-free?

My issues would be:
-How reliable is the service, as ignoring various offline capabilities sites like downforeveryone.com exist for a reason, and a local client is under your control (which includes locally stored data).
-How reliable is your connection to the service.
-How do you prefer working, does the local client provide better/worse/different functionality to the web client.

I've been using Gmail for all my mail for years.
I've gotten used to not using folders but using Labels for everything. it is definatly a change that you may want to try first to get used to.
The ability to manage my mail from anywhere is a bonus. I never, or rarely delete any mail and Gmail's spam filtering is amazing.

Hmmm, not 100% sure how you've got your mail setup. Are these mail servers you run yourself or are they something provided by your ISP? If these are under your control, could you roll out something like SquirrelMail instead of transitioning to Gmail?

I'm not too concerned about reliability - Hotmail has been every bit as reliable as Dreamhost, which is to say I've never been severely impacted by outages. They're all Dreamhost accounts (3 separate domains), plus my Hotmail/Outlook account. Again I think my biggest concern is sending on behalf of one account via a mobile device without having to set up each account directly...Not sure if WP8 Outlook supports that...I know iOS doesn't...

Tried it myself a while back, but couldn't stand being without a full client. IMAP with a web interface for when I'm not at home was the solution for me.

I use Gmail and I use it with both IMAP and the web panel.

I don't know about send-on-behalf-of another account. I have all of my accounts set up on my iPhone as it's trivially easy to do.

I know Gmail has the ability to link accounts to do send-as, but I don't know if this functionality extends beyond the web panel. (EDIT: The info is here and there's some mention of setup in POP/IMAP situations)

If confidentiality is an issue, I would suggest no.

I just had a scare, that was innocuousness in result, but a scare all the same. Gmail stores all addresses from mail you get and send. It automatically pulls from this list to autocomplete; gmail lacks any way to disable autocorrect. Well when you have 50 people named Matt, sh*t might go wrong.

I am now in for a pound with gmail, but I must say migrating onto Thuinderbird over Gmail has been great for me.

I love my google account. But the gmail web client leaves a bit to be desired as a business solution, in my opinion.

groan wrote:

I've been using Gmail for all my mail for years.
I've gotten used to not using folders but using Labels for everything. it is definatly a change that you may want to try first to get used to.
The ability to manage my mail from anywhere is a bonus. I never, or rarely delete any mail and Gmail's spam filtering is amazing.

Yeah, also a gmail user and when I started using multiple PCs and phone for my email the easiest way seemed to be just stay online so I stopped using a client.

Never need to housekeep, it's searchable and labels work well, but I don't bother with most emails.

GMail's spam filtering is so amazing that it even filters out a number of legitimate emails, at least in my case. Just something to be wary of.