GMail To Start Allowing Third Party SMTP Servers – No More “On Behalf Of” Emails

by DB on July 30, 2009


I can finally start using GMail as the front end for my work email account. Today the GMail team announced that they are enabling support for third party outgoing email servers. Sweet!! This step from the GMail team has definitely made GMail fans like me more than happy. Earlier Gmail used to allow using a non-Gmail email address for sending emails. But to comply with mail delivery protocols, your Gmail address would still be used as the “Sender” and the outgoing message would show up as “From mygmail@gmail.com On Behalf Of myworkaddress@myworkxyz.com“.

The Gmail team posted the following images to show the difference on how Gmail would now work for sending email from non-Gmail addresses.

Gmail Before Third Party SMTP Server Support

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Gmail After Third Party SMTP Server Support

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To turn on support for third party SMTP servers in your Gmail account, go to Settings->Accounts->Edit Info Link in “Send Email” Row->Use your other email provider’s SMTP servers.

So is it finally time to stop using Outlook for work emails? I guess so, at least for me.

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