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

  • From: "Steve Nutt" <steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2007 21:04:59 +0100

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


The advantages outweigh the disadvantages, but google IMAP and you will find
loads of good tutorials and explanations on it.


All the best





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.







----- 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





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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