Why Does Gmail User Agent Cloaking

Have a Gmail account? Log in unless you’ve set your preference otherwise you’ll get the AJAX UI. Now change your user agent to Googlebot, and refresh your page, it automatically loads the HTML version instead of asking you if you want the HTML. What’s up with that? Why would GMail need a UA detection branch in it programming? Does it seem odd that it’s there and that it works that way? I could understand a JS based switch but a UA based changeover … damned peculiar dontcha’ think?

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