Changes between Version 2 and Version 3 of faq/email/pop-vs-imap


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Feb 1, 2008, 11:09:44 AM (13 years ago)
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    1515  Common "desktop" email clients include Mozilla Thunderbird, Mac Mail, Kmail and Outlook. These are all programs that are installed on your personal computer. With these programs, you can either use the IMAP or POP protocol.
    1616 Webmail clients::
    17   In addition, people often use "webmail" clients, such as SquirrelMail or Horde/IMP. These are all programs that you access by opening a web browser and going to a particular web page to read your email.
     17  In addition, people often use "webmail" clients, such as !SquirrelMail or Horde/IMP. These are all programs that you access by opening a web browser and going to a particular web page to read your email.
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    1919== So how do I choose? ==
     
    2323 * The simple life. Using webmail is the simplest way to deal with your email. You can check your email from any computer on the Internet. No worries about installing the right software or having the right settings or having your computer crash and lose all your email. If you use webmail, then life is easy.
    2424 * Sometimes the simple life is not enough. Some people use their email very intensely. For example, they might want to keep gigabytes and gigabytes of email messages in their own archive (this is very slow and draining on our servers if you do this with webmail). Or they may regularly search their email boxes for messages, or require special filtering abilities, or want to have their email in the same program as their calendar or contact lists. Other people might be accustomed to a particular email program and want to continue using it. If you are one of these people, you will not be well served by webmail and may prefer instead to use a desktop email program like Thunderbird that is configured to use "POP" to download all your messages to your own personal computer.
    25  * Having your cake and eating it too. Some people want it all. That's why IMAP was invented. If you usually use the same computer and you prefer your desktop email program, ''but'' sometimes you want to access all of your email using webmail, then you should consider using your desktop email program configured for IMAP. This was you can continue using your email program ''and'' access all your email via web mail. The only downside is that you will need to periodically clean out your email messages so that they do not overwhelm our servers.
     25 * Having your cake and eating it too. Some people want it all. That's why IMAP was invented. If you usually use the same computer and you prefer your desktop email program, ''but'' sometimes you want to access all of your email using webmail, then you should consider using your desktop email program configured for IMAP. This was you can continue using your email program ''and'' access all your email via webmail. The only downside is that you will need to periodically clean out your email messages so that they do not overwhelm our servers.