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!