[thelist] IMAP

Jack Timmons jorachim at gmail.com
Fri Mar 13 10:32:58 CDT 2009

On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 10:14 AM, Bob Meetin <bobm at dottedi.biz> wrote:

> I know this works with tbird, and even that other guy, OL, - my question
> really is about how IMAP can help my clients?  I've been using pop for
> years because my situation warrants nothing else.
> If I set him up at the office for IMAP, then at home for IMAP, how does
> that work to keep email synchronized?  He wants to be able to go home
> and manage email, but not have it download to his computer like with POP
> and not be able to access it at work.  Yes I know you can set up POP to
> leave a copy on the server but that can lead to administration.
> Does IMAP work as a virtual single inbox?  Until you do some action?
> It's been at least 10 years since I've messed with it.

Basically, IMAP = managing e-mail directly on the server, whereas POP =
getting the e-mail from the server and managing it locally. So, it's "always

It's better than POP for this exact situation. A very abbreviated

-Jack Timmons
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