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Now that Google has announced it will be deprecating Chrome apps for non–Chrome OS devices, I am left trying to find an alternative for one of my favorite email clients: Gmail Offline.

Is/are there are good alternative(s) for email clients? What I'm looking for is one that

  • Is obviously compatible with Gmail (I know most are, but still...)
  • Has a modern, sleek interface (so Mozilla Thunderbird isn't an option...)
  • Is actively supported (so Opera Mail isn't an option...)
  • Is cross-platform (so Windows 10's Mail app isn't an option...)
  • Has to be fully offline-capable (so, yes, just going to Gmail in my browser is clearly not an option)
  • Preferably not super-complex (Thunderbird), though Outlook-level complexity is okay as a maximum. Think Gmail Offline–level complexity...

I'm currently using Windows 10's Mail app, though as stated in the 4th point, this is not a preferred option, but rather more or less just a stop-gap until I find a better alternative.

Also, I'm well-aware there may not even be an alternative currently that fits the points listed above; but it doesn't hurt to ask...

(Note: I know Chrome apps should still work until 2018, but I see no point in continuing to invest my energies and attention in a product that I'll eventually have to give up anyway. So I feel like getting used to it sooner rather than later is a better plan than just delaying the inevitable & having to deal with the dread of it going away being in the back of my head for the next 2 years.)

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Can I suggest taking a look at MailPile - it is early days yet but looks promising.

  • Free, Gratis & Completely Open Source
  • Cross Platform
  • Is obviously compatible with Gmail (I know most are, but still...) Yes
  • Has a modern, sleek interface (so Mozilla Thunderbird isn't an option...) Improving all of the time, browser based & you can potentially help to improve it.
  • Is actively supported (so Opera Mail isn't an option...) In very active developemt
  • Is cross-platform (so Windows 10's Mail app isn't an option...) Written in Python it runs on platforms from RaspberryPy, through Windows 10/OS-X/Linux and up
  • Has to be fully offline-capable (so, yes, just going to Gmail in my browser is clearly not an option) Very Much So - a core part of the idea is to download your mails and optionally delete them from the server then browse offline
  • Preferably not super-complex (Thunderbird), though Outlook-level complexity is okay as a maximum. Think Gmail Offline–level complexity... I personally think that the user interface is nice and simple and the setup, configuration, etc. is very usable.

Currently MailPile is in a beta state but hopefully by 2018 it will be a lot more mature.

  • I'd prefer something a good bit more mature in its development cycle than this, but this seems interesting and I'll be sure to keep it in mind! Thanks! :D – SarahofGaia Sep 28 '16 at 23:40

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