Gmail quietly implements IMAP support (finally!)

October 24, 2007

With surprisingly little hype, Gmail now supports IMAP. There’s no mention of it anywhere but the option is there in the Gmail settings and full help documentation is available. This is what many have been waiting for.

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2 Responses to “Gmail quietly implements IMAP support (finally!)”

  1. What are the practical implications that follow from this? I’ve been using Gmail for quite some time and it seems to do everything I could ask for – but am I not asking the right questions?

  2. Galen said

    Hi Simon,

    IMAP and POP both enable you to download, view, read and reply to emails through a desktop application like Apple Mail, MS Outlook etc.

    The major difference between POP and IMAP is that with IMAP your emails are synchronised between Gmail and your desktop application so, for example, if you read a message in Apple Mail, it will be automatically marked as read in Gmail next time you login. Similarly, if you flag it or move it to a folder (tag it in Gmail), it will reflect this in both places.

    This was the major reason I have not used Gmail before because I want my emails to by synced on my computer at home, in the office and on webmail.

    Does that make sense?

    Cheers,

    Galen

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