A new way to use some Google services just got a bit of a boost. One week ago, Zive brought their email and productivity app, Kiwi For Gmail to Windows. Today I started my free trial and so far it is working well. The free (or lite) version is limited to only one Goole account and lacks G Suite integration along with a few other features that some would consider minor but is still a powerhouse.
After a day of playing with the 30-day trial of the premium version of the software, I am both impressed and wishing for additional services to be integrated. YouTube, Google Play, Photos, G+, Translate, Blogger and a few others lead you back to a standard browser window. Even with those limitations, their email client is solid and having the ability to launch up Docs, Sheets, Slides, and your Google Calendar are just a quick click from the sidebar and afford you full access without the clutter of a browser window. Add to that the direct access to Google Drive and you have a powerful little suite. The installer also adds direct shortcuts on your desktop for not only itself but also Docs, Sheets, and Slides that can be pinned to your star menu and with the latest update to windows, they can be combined into a collapsible group in your start menu.
At launch, the only plug-in available is for Boomerang but the site does indicate more plug-ins are on the way. At this point, I am on the fence as to whether or not I will be subscribing to the paid version after my trial ends (leaning towards yes) but at $9.99 USD a year, you can’t really go wrong.