[access-uk] Re: Imap and pop, not so technical

  • From: "Malcolm Parfitt" <malcolm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2007 09:20:59 +0100

Two other advantages of IMAP are that you can just retrieve the message headers 
and only download and read the messages you are interested in.

As I have a data plan with Orange I used to use POP with my BT account to 
retrieve e-mail.  This resulted in my regularly exceeding my data bundle and 
being charged accordingly.  Now I use IMAP on my N70 this is rarely the case 
with headers only being retrieved.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Steve Nutt 
  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





  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.

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