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Gmail- Grrrrr

I want IMAP with Gmail. It's ridiculous that this hasn't been offered yet. I understand that IMAP takes a folder approach, where as Gmail is using labels, but given the developers and cutting edge software they release, this shouldn't hold them up.

I'm not in a good mood right now.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Ubuntu Tutorials | December 7, 2006 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    What is wrong with the current method they're offering? I should mention I'm not completely familiar with the differences in IMAP, POP, SMTP, etc.. are there some good advantages that we are all missing out on?

  2. Aaron | December 7, 2006 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    IMAP gives you the ability to synchronize your email with different computers. For example, with my Gmail account, I should be able to use an email client at home to retrieve my email, then use one at work to retrieve the SAME email. In other words, if I sent an email to you, and you replied, then at home, I would receive your message. With IMAP, when I get to work, I can retrieve the exact same message. With POP, I can't.

    POP looks to see if the message has already been downloaded. If it has, it won't download it again. So, if I got your reply at home, I wouldn't be able to retrieve the same reply at work. So, my email client at home will have downloaded different messages from my account than the client at work. This isn't the case with IMAP.

    IMAP is the way to go for this very reason.

    As for SMTP, that is just your outgoing mail protocol. It's just used for sending mail, not for downloading.

  3. Anonymous | May 15, 2013 at 12:53 am | Permalink


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