Google's Brin Talks on Gmail Future "[Gillmor:] It also compares favorably to my corporate e-mail.
[Brin:] Well, thank you. There are some things that it is currently missing as compared to corporate e-mail—for example, disconnected operation—though we do plan to provide things like POP3 and IMAP support, which should help that.
But we initially wanted to make sure we have something that was definitely better than all Web mail services, and perhaps, just perhaps, it will also be good enough for a lot of people to use instead of a corporate mail service.
Or they can use both, because they could just forward their messages to Gmail from their corporate e-mail, or the other way around. That way when they're traveling and don't have their computer with them, they can just use the Gmail version, and when they are at their desk, they can still use their corporate mail.
[Gillmor:] You mentioned disconnected access. Once you've enabled some sort of forwarding capability for storage, you could hook it up to Groove for access on a plane.
[Brin:] That's an interesting idea. I hadn't considered Groove, but that's a good idea. I know those guys—I should talk to them."