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SERVICE: Google activates IMAP for Gmail
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 24.10.07 - 13:04:05 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 12782x
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Good news, especially for mobile device users. Google has recently activated IMAP support for its popular Gmail E-Mail service which is even more interesting if you access your Gmail account from different PCs and devices in parallel.
Finally you can download your E-Mails to your PC or Mac, using Outlook or whatever you are using, and in addition you can access the same inbox from your mobile device.
While Google is also offering a mail client for mobile devices, the current mail client only supports J2ME-enabled devices and since not all Windows Mobile devices includes J2ME but Outlook Mobile, this is the better option anyway.

I never was a big fan of Gmail for mobile browsers but with the IMAP support (which you have to turn on yourself), Gmail is becoming even more interesting for me:

The benefit of using IMAP across different platforms and devices is, that IMAP supports both connected and disconnected modes of operation. E-Mail clients using IMAP generally leave messages on the server until the user explicitly deletes them. This and other facets of IMAP operation allow multiple clients to access the same mailbox. While IMAP offers access to the mail store on the server, the client may store local copies of the messages, these are considered to be a temporary cache and the server's store is authoritative.

As a matter of fact, E-Mails you've read on your mobile device are marked as read already, if you download your E-Mails in the evening to your PC which is pretty handy since you don't have any "duplicates".

Cheers ~ Arne

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