It's been six hours now without POP access to my Gmail account. I've been through this irritating problem before with Google, as covered here and here, as have others. Annoyingly, Google still hasn't provided any better help information about it, much less some type of status report page to tell you if it is localized to a particular area or not. My solution is easy -- I just redirected everything back to my own POP server, and eventually I'll get the 60 or so messages from Gmail into Outlook when the problem inevitably goes away. Others probably aren't so happy. But as my Top 25 Things I Hate About Google piece touched on, since you can't pay for support on anything, you're pretty much stuck. C'mon Google, fix it.
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