I don’t know if Gmail and Google Calendar are much used within practice — I can think of a bunch of reasons why they shouldn’t be — but I’m certain that many of us who work in the legal industry use these applications in our private lives. In either case, it’s important to have control over your data. If you don’t access your Gmail via IMAP, you don’t have a local copy on your own machines. Now Google plans to let you simply download your mail data as they roll this ability out over the next month. Calendar data can be downloaded right away, according to the Official Gmail Blog announcement. This also lets you move the data to another service, should you want to leave Google.
You’ll find the controls by going to your Account page, where you’ll see the invitation to “Download your data.”