Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Dec 2013 00:18 UTC

Having access to your data and being able to take it with you is important, especially if that data contains precious memories like old love letters, your first job offer, or that 100-message thread discussing the merits of various cat videos. Starting today we're rolling out the ability to export a copy of your Gmail and Google Calendar data, making it easy to back up your data or move to another service.

You can download all of your mail and calendars or choose a subset of labels and calendars. You can also download a single archive file for multiple products with a copy of your Gmail, Calendar, Google+, YouTube, Drive, and other Google data.

Great move by Google. The Data Liberation Front had gotten a bit stale, and it was about time exporting all your emails from Gmail became easier. Good backup tool, too - for, you know, company stuff. Or emails from a girl you like.

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it just became easier...
by evert on Fri 6th Dec 2013 19:25 UTC
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... but in fact you could already do this. If you used gmail with IMAP & Thunderbird, you already had a local copy. Or you could sync to maildir. With Sunbird / Mozilal Calendar / another iCal client, you could sync / copy the Calendar.

Very nice though that it is now supported using an easy to use web interface. But for continuous backups, just syncing is better.

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RE: it just became easier...
by UglyKidBill on Sun 8th Dec 2013 17:33 in reply to "it just became easier..."
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In my experience having a large mailbox and (especially) having many many "pseudo imap folders" in GMail means Thunderbrd becomes unable to fully sync with the server.

Even when it claims to be fully up-to-date I have often found it is not, and sometimes by a very wide margin...

That makes syncing TB as an archiving method utterly unreliable, even when dedicated addons.

I havenĀ“t found a solution for this yet, hopefully it can be overcome now.

Meanwhile, OperaMail seems to behave very well with GMail and might be worth testing as an archiving tool...

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