Finally! Google Brings E-Mail Client Access to GmailFrom eWeek article:
On Wednesday, the company began providing free POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3) access on Gmail accounts. The rollout is expected to reach all users over the next two weeks, said George Harik, director of Googlettes, the name of the Google group overseeing its startup services.
this has been long-awaited, by me at least. I am looking forward to trying this out in the nearest future. Hopefully, there will be nothing to report except praise.