By Ed Oswald | Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 9:12 am
Google rolled out new functionality within Gmail Wednesday that would help ease the pain of switching e-mail providers. The backend of the service is provided by TrueSwitch, and works with a host of providers including AOL, Comcast, Hotmail, Verizon, and Yahoo (a full list is provided here).
The service will automatically import your mail from your previous account along with your contacts. In addition, it will allow you to import mail from your old account for a period of 30 days, and would add a label to these messages if the user so desires.
All newly-created Gmail accounts now have the functionality. Google said it is also busy rolling it out to existing accountholders, who might also be interested in using the import service.
While I’ve been using Gmail for quite awhile and have no need for functionality like this, I can see how this would be helpful to those wanting to take the plunge. The first few days with a new email account can be painful as one switches everything over.
This makes that process a whole lot simpler. Can’t argue with that, or the fact that its free.