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Kiwi for Gmail 2.0.396

Potentially the best desktop client for Gmail users

by Nick Peers

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 19 December 2018
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Developer: Zive
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Kiwi for Gmail
Kiwi for Gmail provides you with a slick interface for accessing your mail.

In the cloud-connected 21st century, Google is currently king. Chances are you’ve got Gmail for email and make use of Google Drive and its associated apps for storing files and working on the go. But while there are dedicated apps for accessing these features on your mobile, what about the desktop?

Rather than tie up your web browser or make do with a third-party email client such as Thunderbird, Kiwi for Gmail aims to provide you with a dedicated app that gives you access to a wide range of Google services depending on whether you stick with the free Lite version (Gmail, Calendar, Contacts) or shell out for the Premium version (Lite features plus G-Suite, comprising Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, plus Google Drive).

The app doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel – at first glance it’s little more than a wrapper for the web-based interface, so will be instantly familiar to those currently accessing Google services through their browser.

That does it a disservice though, because Kiwi for Gmail basically integrates these services into your desktop, with support for multiple windows and – in the Premium version – up to six separate Google accounts. It also provides desktop shortcuts for Docs, Sheets and Slides to make the G Suite a contender for your default office tool.

If all you want is a dedicated desktop front-end for Gmail, then the Lite version is sufficient, offering desktop notifications, separate window for composing email and the ability to make Kiwi your default mail handler.

If you want to juggle multiple accounts or integrate G-Suite into your desktop, then the Premium version costs $9.99 a year on Windows (Mac users can get it for a one-off $9.99 through the app store). Other benefits of Premium include the ability to restore windows on restarting, support for keyboard shortcuts (and Chrome-based Gmail plugins) and the ability to directly open Google App files from the desktop.

Premium users on Windows also gain two exclusive features not (yet) found on the Mac, both of which aim to make the program less intrusive. The first is an “Important Only” notifications setting that allows you to prioritise alerts, and a “Do Not Disturb” feature for setting aside quiet time.

Everything works slickly and as you’d expect – if you’re a Google aficionado and want to separate its mail and office features from your browser, then Kiwi for Gmail is well worth taking for a road-test.

Verdict:

A slick way to integrate your Gmail account (and potentially G-Suite itself) into your desktop without having to adapt to a different user interface.

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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