Hi Carol, The last message told you pretty well it. The advantages are that you literally read the mail on the server. The disadvantage is that you have to be connected while you read your mail, but there is no charge for connection on a mobile phone for example, only download, so Imap is certainly good for a mobile phone. As Malcolm said, you can just choose to read messages you want to read, and only download all the headers, and not for example, download the body or attachments. The advantages outweigh the disadvantages, but google IMAP and you will find loads of good tutorials and explanations on it. All the best Steve _____ From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Carol Pearson Sent: 01 August 2007 10:05 To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [access-uk] Re: Imap and pop, not so technical OK, Steve, You're coming up with another of your "This is better than anything else" phrases - and you're probably right. Please though could you give a bit more details about IMAP email, how it works V POP because some of us still don't quite get it. Thanks. -- Carol carol.pearson@xxxxxxxxxxxx ----- Original Message ----- From: Steve Nutt <mailto:steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 9:07 AM Subject: [access-uk] Re: Imap and pop, not so technical Hi Chris, Sounds like you don't understand IMAP either <Smile>. You don't have to download messages one at a time, and deleted messages can be hidden very easily in Outlook. IMAP is the best method to use if it is available to you, because wherever you read it in the world, your mail is always synchronised. POP3 gives added complications like you have to leave mail on the server, if you want to read it elsewhere. Give me IMAP any day. All the best Steve _____ From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Chris Hallsworth Sent: 31 July 2007 18:31 To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [access-uk] Imap and pop, not so technical Hi all, I'm trying to explain to my friend about GMail, but I'm having a hard time to explain to her how the Pop server works without being too technical. How can I explain to her this in non-technical language? You see, at the moment she thinks that downloading e-mails via pop sounds difficult as she thinks you've got to delete the messages. I agree, Imap can be messy as you've got to download separate folders and all messages can only be downloaded one at a time, unlike pop. Also, with Imap, deleted messages are shown by default, hence the assumption that it's the same with Pop. I know this isn't true, but I Guess without explaining or showing her it would be hard to believe. The reason why I'm asking is because she currently uses Outlook Express to access her college mail, through Imap, and we were just chatting on MSN about how I retrieve e-mails using GMail's pop server. The reason I'm finding this difficult is because she's never heard of, or used, Pop before. I'm not trying to encourage her in any way to sign up to GMail; I just want to know how, if possible, I could explain Pop to her, as well as the differences between Imap and Pop. Also, is it better to demonstrate how I retrieve e-mails via Pop instead of, or as well as, explaining it to her? Thanks and sorry for the long post.