November 03, 2007

Google Mail + IMAP = good

If you are a Google Mail user you may have noticed that gmail now offers IMAP. Similar to POP, IMAP is a way for your e-mail application (e.g. Outlook, elm, pine etc), but IMAP also allows you to access your e-mail folders, while keeping the folders on the server. This means that you can see the same messages in your folders from anywhere you check your e-mail.

Gmail's implementation is a little different, as gmail has labels rather than folders. They have set it up quite well though: If you move a message from your IMAP Inbox to an IMAP folder this is equivalent to adding that label and archiving the message. If your label names have slashes in them ("/") then in IMAP this creates subfolders. More information here.

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