I was able to use Gmail's "standard view" since establishing my account with the service; however, after cleaning a number of things off my computer to free up space I lost the ability to use the standard view. I get the message:
"Gmail requires ActiveX controls to be enabled"
I follow the recommended settings in IE 6.0 w/SP2 but continue to get the error. I've used another site to test the functionality of ActiveX and the broswer tests fine.