Top 12 Gmail Features That Leave Lotus Notes Dusted In This Era Of Social Media

Point 10: Gmail Works With All Operating Systems And Does Not Require A Specialized Application

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All of these applications take place out there in the Internet Cloud, not on your machine, which essentially means Gmail will work with all operating systems.


All you need is a browser and you are good to go. Of course if you are planning to use any of the special features like Google Talk you will need to download the application and those applications are machine specific.

But for any service that requires only a browser plugin, you can pretty much operate independently of your operating system.

Overall, having messages contained in a secure section online makes your organization ‘machine independent’. The proper industry term is machine agnostic, which means that you can run IE6, IE7, IE8, Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera on Windows, Linux or MacOS.

Whatever interface you are comfortable using, you can use and still have access to your email.

You don’t need a CD to load a specific application onto your system or special handling from your system administrator.

If you are running a Lotus Notes client, however, you need a special app for Windows, a different app for Linux and a different one for MacOS.

For those of us in sales, most of the time we aren’t enamored with a particular application. We just want to get the service and go, and Gmail provides that.

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