Can users access google group without getting a Gmail account?

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Jan 30, 2008, 1:30:07 AM1/30/08
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I just created a group and invited people. They received my invitation
and responded. Why would they need to get a Gmail address?

Zack (Doc)

Jan 30, 2008, 6:48:05 AM1/30/08
They don't.. but they Do have to have a Google Account, which is not
necessarily the same thing. A Google account can have a GMail account
associated, but it doesn't have to. A GMail account necessarily has a
Google Account associated with it. Put another way, You can have a
Google Account without a GMail account, but you can't have a GMail
account without a Google Account.

In order to administer their group membership they have to have a
Google account to log-in to the group with. Just as you must have a
Yahoo account to administer your membership in a Yahoo group with. If
they responded to your invitation via e-mail, they shouldn't have to
"set up" their Google account to begin receiving your group, but if
they want to change their options, they probably do. If they
responded to the invitation via the web, they definitely would have

Google will naturally offer for them to set up a GMail account while
they're at it, but they are not required.

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