I use Outlook 2011 as my preferred "offline" mail client but have a need to use my online Gmail account as my primary day-to-day mail client (job-mandated plugins etc).
I have Outlook syncing my gmail over imap quite happily.
What I'd like to know is: can I have my email auto-syncing to Outlook in the background without actually launching Outlook itself? Perhaps there's a background sync service lying around somewhere that doesn't require the main app to be open?
My intention is to have Outlook reasonably up-to-date for those times when I need to go offline but be using my gmail in the browser when online.
I am amenable to replacing Outlook with another app such as Apple Mail provided I don't have a major battle getting things like signatures working properly (as has happened to me in the past with Apple Mail).