Google's Gmail Notifier

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Posted on August 20, 2004 11:51 PM in Computers
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While reading some tidbits on C|Net today, I came across a blurb that mentioned an official Gmail notifier released by Google. Unfortunately, the blurb didn't provide a link to download from, so I had to do some hunting. Eventually I found a comment over at the GTray site that had a link.

After installing Google's official Gmail Notifier, I was initially quite impressed. Its integration into the Windows operating system (via the systray) means that I no longer need to have Firefox running in order to get notified when new mail arrives in my Gmail inbox. Google's software developers also did a very good job of making the interface sleek and unobtrusive, with fade in popups similar to those found in Outlook 2003.

In my opinion, Google's Gmail Notifier isn't quite ready for primetime, though. As their disclaimer says, the application is still in beta and therefore has some kinks that need to be ironed out. Unfortunately, these kinks are rather annoying. The first thing I didn't like about the way Gmail Notifier works is that you have to login using the same authentication mechanism that Windows uses for network and domain authentication. As far as I'm concerned, they should be using a system that is tied to their app, much like AIM does. It also didn't help that even though I chose to save the login information, it was presented to me to verify immediately the next time I logged into my Windows XP account.

The most glaring problem I found, though, had to do with multiple Windows users. I was able to install Gmail Notifier just fine for my account, but when I logged into my girlfriend's Windows XP account to set it up for her, I noticed that it tried to start up but crashed. I then tried to start it manually and it crashed yet again. I don't know about you, but crashes make me queasy, and the chances of any crashing application hanging out on my computer (especially ones that I didn't code) for very long are slim to none. So, needless to say, Gmail Notifier no longer resides on my machine. It looks like I'll be going back to the other Gmail Notifier until the official one matures a bit.

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RedAlert on April 10, 2005 at 7:41 AM:

hello,

I would like to disable starting GMail notifier for my other Windows XP accounts, is that possible?
I am the only one who uses it and the other User on the same Windows XP amchine don't like that the login windows comes up.
I don't have any trouble with starting of the notifier voor al of the Windows account at all.

Bert
The Netherlands

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Jerod on April 10, 2011 at 8:02 AM:

Wish it had more options too! I archive all my emails and have literally hundreds in my inbox, (and Gmail Notifier doesn't keep track of which ones it's shown me), so every time it opens, it sits in the corner and pops up emails for 5 minutes or so. Super annoying. It's like "Keep track of the time you last opened and that will tell you which emails you've shown me, Gmail Notifier!" And then a Cathy "ARGGGH!"

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