Gmail Gets IMAP Support

Big news for fans of Gmail and standalone email clients: IMAP support. What’s that you ask? Well according to Wikipedia:

[IMAP] is an application layer Internet protocol […] that allows a local client to access e-mail on a remote server.

Having never used IMAP myself before, this sounds to me like you can now use your Gmail account without ever logging into the online web interface. Using the IMAP commands, you can send, delete, archive and spam your Gmail directly from compatible clients such as Thunderbird. Now even though I’ve fully switched from Thunderbird, I can still see the smartness in this. Your Gmail account just became a funnel for all your other mail accounts. One account to rule them out. You pick your interface. Neat.

2 thoughts on “Gmail Gets IMAP Support”

  1. Dylan says:

    You could use Gmail without logging into the web interface before with their POP service which just downloads every message to your hard drive, but IMAP makes it a little slicker because IMAP allows you to access and manipulate messages on the server without the need to download them, much nicer.

  2. Joen says:

    You’re right Dylan, I forgot about the POP download service they offered.

    I’ve been happily used the POP account features so far, works great.

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