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

  • From: "Graham Page" <gpage@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2007 11:18:47 +0100

just tell her that she can use Outlook Express, Outlook, Eudora or any other 
email client to read her mail.    This is generally more convenient than 
using the web interface.
That's all she really needs to know.  If she wants more information she can 
always research it online.


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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris Hallsworth" <christopherhallsworth71@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 6:30 PM
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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