yea, there's nothing special about gmail
I guess I was concerned about saving space and not paying for Office 2010 after the trial period. I uninstalled or removed Windows Live that I had previously downloaded onto my new computer. Now that I found I could use my old Office 2003, I now use that old version of Outlook, and was able to uninstall the Synovel Spicebird email program. There were a lot of Microsoft programs and Dell drivers that I found were taking up space, and I removed some of them, also that were more for programmers and developers. I finally found the right Java environment to download, to replace the developers kit that was also taking up a lot of unnecessary space.
I have five antivirus programs, but after trying several others, I found that Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira Antivirus Personal, Kingsoft Antivirus, Iobit Security 360, and Threatfire can be made compatible on a new computer. I set Kingsoft in the "Compatible Mode" and trained Threatfire to ignore the heuristic actions of some of the others. Kingsoft was a good addition, because it is a "cloud-based" program and doesn't occupy very much space in itself. I completed that with the addition of Privatefirewall 7.0, which also doesn't occupy as much space as some other firewalls, and I turned Windows Firewall off.