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
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