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GMail shakes IMAP out of coma - The Register
Mail protocol wasn't dead, only sleeping
By Bill Ray
Published Wednesday 24th October 2007 10:25 GMT
Google has slipped IMAP support into its GMail service, allowing users to manage their mail on the server and access it using different clients, with the status of their messages maintained.
IMAP is a vast improvement over POP3the more popular protocol for collecting emailthough it seems GMail will continue to support both. The feature was reported by DownloadSquad, which says not all users have access to the functionality yet, though it is spreading.
Users can try logging off and reconnecting, or use the newly available help pages.
The POP3 user connects to the server, downloads their mail, and disconnects. Once they've downloaded their mail they can sort it into directories and see which messages they've read, or not. IMAP provides that same functionality, but on the server, so the user can create folders for their mail, read messages, and see the messages they've sent from any IMAP client.
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