Gmail Adding IMAP Support

Gmail IMAP Settings

Holy mother-bitches… Chris Hunkele just sent in the scoop that it looks like Gmail is finally adding IMAP support. Something I’m almost certain they’ve had sitting in the wings for more than a year now, but with the release of gPhone looming, my guess this begins the beta of IMAP support while will eventually be the gPhone’s main mode of operation.

downloadSquad is reporting that a whole slew of IMAP docs for Gmail went up today, and some folks with Google Apps for domains are seeing the setting in addition to some folks that log out, then log back in. So try it now and see if you have it!

NOTE: For the folks that have no idea what POP or IMAP is and why this is exciting, here’s the quick difference:

  • POP: Old-school, this is the type of email we’ve had since the 80s. Your mail client downloads the mail onto your local machine. This means if you have multiple computers or a mobile device, you have to download copies of the mail to each device AND the read-status/replies/forwards/etc. are different across every machine. This sucks.
  • IMAP: Semi-Old-School, this has actually been around for a while now. Your mail client actually acts like a “viewer” and shows you the mail that’s on the server, where the server holds a single copy of all the mail. The mail is not downloaded to the individual machines.

Gmail has supported POP for a while now, but the addition of IMAP is sweet as hell and something we have all wanted for a long time. Thanks Google!

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0 Responses to Gmail Adding IMAP Support

  1. Pons October 23, 2007 at 9:09 pm #

    I haven’t got the upgrade, but I have some idea on how to enable it for users who don’t have the option in their panel. For someone who’s got imap, please put your mail in basic HTML mode (on the bottom of the page) and then go to the settings and select Forwarding and POP/IMAP. The url should show something like ?v=prfap, but not exactly the same.. That’s maybe the point to get it

  2. Riyad Kalla October 23, 2007 at 9:48 pm #

    Pons that’s a damn good idea dude. I’ll see if anyone I know has it enabled and ask them to do the same.


  3. Chris Hunkele October 23, 2007 at 10:22 pm #

    The email gods have rained down the glorious IMAP goodness!
    That was the one thing I have been wishing for since I made the switch to gmail/hosted app’s. Sorry Pons, I would but I have hosted app’s, so my url structure is not the same as gmail.

  4. Pons October 23, 2007 at 10:39 pm #

    I also have hosted app, and in the BasicHTML mode it IS the same… please do it 😀

  5. Chris Hunkele October 24, 2007 at 6:57 pm #

    It appears they though of that ahead of time… imap does not show under basic html mode :(


  6. Chris Hunkele October 24, 2007 at 6:59 pm #

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