But Google apps are free so what are you going to do? For Mac users married to Google’s Gmail, there’s a better way than using a browser tab to manage email. Instead, use a free, popular, and feature laden app called Go for Gmail. It’s so good you’ll still hate Google, but not as much.
FREE! (but only for you)
If you use Gmail, and hundreds of millions of people worldwide call Gmail their email service of choice, you have to remember that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Google lets you use email for free while they rummage around in your messages to learn as much about you as can be profitable.
On the other hand, Go for Gmail is free. It’s not lunch. But it’s free. One click to the Mac’s Menubar and Gmail shows up in either full sized view or the smaller, mobile view. The window is resizable so you can easily fit it to your Mac’s screen.
Personally, I prefer the pop down or mobile view, otherwise I’d just run Gmail in Apple’s Mail. Click and ye shall receive.
Because Go for Gmail lives in the Mac’s Menubar it means you can check Gmail within any app without switching to Mail or to a browser tab. The Desktop mode features fullscreen mode for OS X Yosemite, but the window can be resized. It even handles trackpad gestures to move between messages.
If you prefer, you can run Go for Gmail in either Menubar or Dock (full-size).
Go for Gmail works great, and though you won’t have access to all the same features as Gmail in a browser window, it’s more convenient to use, and it has most of the basic features you need and want.
Still, the question persists. Even though Go for Gmail is free, why use it at all? Your Gmail account can be setup inside OS X’s Mail, and the browser tab with Gmail open has more features. In a word, convenience. That’s Go for Gmail’s claim to fame. It’s easier to use, and easier to use while you’re working on something else on your Mac.
But does it bother you that Google rifles through you messages to learn about you, and then sells that information to advertisers?