What is IMAP Email?


What is IMAP email?Holy Moley. It’s Awesome. One of the reasons i first got Apple’s dot mac (mac.com) serviceimap and shelled out $99 bucks. iWasn’t thrilled with the speed or storage capacity, they recently upgraded the storage capacity 10 x what it used to be, but still, $99.00 a year? Not no more chicos.Today Gmail set up IMAP, for FREE! This is another first from a company that keeps blowing me away. It was obviously something that was going to happen, but iDidn’t think for free. It’s kind of funny to read Google’s official Gmail blog about, some guy that worked there for a year, writes like he thought of IMAP and was the first person to petition it ever, baloney buddy. (CLICK ON PIC FOR POP/IMAP COMPARISON)


IMAP has been around for a long time, and petitions have been making a difference long before Google granted his magical wish. It’s a shame that people don’t petition for good causes much these days, here is a petition list for other causes, most more important than a princess warrior movie (read google’s official gmail blog for that one.) Information on IMAP email here & below.IMAP was designed by Mark Crispin in 1986 as a remote mailbox protocol, in contrast to the widely used POP, a protocol for retrieving the contents of a mailbox, basically it alinged all your accounts no matter how mny people are using them, aka imap is b-e-t-t-e-r. (Sources Google blog, wikipedia, imap.org, http://www.ucl.ac.uk)

IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol. It is a method of accessing electronic mail or bulletin board messages that are kept on a (possibly shared) mail server. In other words, it permits a “client” email program to access remote message stores as if they were local. For example, email stored on an IMAP server can be manipulated from a desktop computer at home, a workstation at the office, and a notebook computer while traveling, without the need to transfer messages or files back and forth between these computers.

IMAP’s ability to access messages (both new and saved) from more than one computer has become extremely important as reliance on electronic messaging and use of multiple computers increase, but this functionality cannot be taken for granted: the widely used Post Office Protocol (POP) works best when one has only a single computer, since it was designed to support “offline” message access, wherein messages are downloaded and then deleted from the mail server. This mode of access is not compatible with access from multiple computers since it tends to sprinkle messages across all of the computers used for mail access. Thus, unless all of those machines share a common file system, the offline mode of access that POP was designed to support effectively ties the user to one computer for message storage and manipulation. more…

imap vs. pop


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