There's much more to Google's free email service than an inbox. Here's how to turn Gmail into a major productivity booster.

After a long courtship, I recently pledged my everlasting love for Gmail, forsaking all other email systems (well, almost) in favour of Google's free, web-hosted service.

But as in any relationship, my passion for Gmail is constrained by practical concerns. Although it possesses many excellent qualities, Gmail is far from perfect. Fortunately, I've uncovered some strategies that will give my walk down the aisle with Gmail a good chance of yielding a happily ever after.