Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Gmail finally gets IMAP support

Google has finally introduced IMAP support for its free email service Gmail. Prior to this, the the only way to retrieve mail to your computer was via POP3.

Why is IMAP integration a good thing for Gmail?

POP was a stepping stone, but IMAP pushes Gmail's benefits over the top. With IMAP, users can now access their email via popular email clients like Microsoft Outlook or Thunderbird, read emails, make changes, delete, and have the changes made across platforms. So if you now log into your Gmail account, the message which you read in Outlook, will now be marked accordingly. No more wasting time trying to sift through emails that had already been answered.

Currently supported IMAP clients:

  • Outlook Express (Windows)
  • Outlook 2003 (Windows)
  • Outlook 2007 (Windows)
  • Apple Mail
  • Windows Mail
  • Thunderbird 2.0

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