What is the difference between IMAP and POP3 email access? Also, which email services offer both for free?Thnx

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Outlook (the one with MS Office, not the Outlook Express) support IMAP.

    Basically IMAP and POP3 will both let you access your mail on the target's server. But IMAP is generally to where you can connect with the server and stay connected. Once connected, you can create folders, move mail between them, etc. Whereas POP3, you basically connect, download email, and disconnect.

    In most email programs you can create folders and move mail between them too. With the IMAP, you can do this on the email server itself. Lets say the server offers IMAP and web based email. If you create folders with the web based email, then they would also be viewable via IMAP.

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  • 3 years ago

    POP3 will purely pull the mail from the server, and nevertheless pass away it unread, so in case you have get admission to out of your iPod touch & your laptop, this is going to look as unread. If this is IMAP this is going to sync the two the iPod touch & laptop consumers. the ipod touch ought to have the alternative of including a hotmail account straight away on the device.

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