Crazy about using Gmail email service, but wish it was more versatile? For those with Windows, lots of terrific applications at no cost to you can let you make better use of your bottomless inbox.

Pidgin may not actually be too useful with Gmail, but it allows you to chat with other users logged in for that purpose. The latest incarnation is equipped with Google Voice and Video tech support as well. Check it out at http://www.pidgin.im/.

GPhoto Space offers you an additional location where you can save and share your photos on the web. What for? Perhaps you prefer not to start an album with Flickr or Picasa Web. You may merely wish to keep your pictures in a secluded spot where only you can see them. Go to http://www.gphotospace.com/download.html.

Digsby permits you to chat with your contacts as well – all that's necessary is to install Tokbox to use voice and video chat functions. Digsby will, though, notify you of incoming mail. In any case, we suggest getting hold of the alternate installer. Find it at http://digsby.com/.

GBridge assembles a Hamachi-like VPN and can give you an assortment of nifty features suitable for a Windows desktop, such as file sharing, backup, synchronizing, and remote control through VNC. The developers have contributed support for Google Apps domains, making this a wonderful means to organize your office team communications. See it at http://www.gbridge.com/.

Affixa provides a simple means of notifying Windows that Gmail is your default mail provider, and lets …

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