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..."What is the difference between POP and IMAP protocol?"...

Post by roshini on Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:17 pm


POP stands for
Post Office Protocol and is a simple set of instructions that let your
computer retrieve messages from the BOL mail server.
IMAP stands for
Internet Mail Access Protocol and allows a "client" email program to
access a message stored at a remote location as if they were on the
local computer.
Generally, you want to use POP if you access your
mail from one computer , and IMAP if you need to manipulate your mail
from more than one computer, say an office and a home computer. Below
is a table to help you understand which service fits you better.
POP service:POP was designed for, and works best in, the situation where you use only a single desktop computer.
Normally, messages are downloaded to your desktop computer and then deleted from the mail server.
you choose to work with your POP mail on more than one machine, you may
have trouble with email messages getting downloaded on one machine that
you need to work with on another machine; for example, you may need a
message at work that was downloaded to your machine at home.
If you
choose the POP option "keep mail on server", your POP "inbox" can grow
large and unwieldy, and email operations can become inefficient and
Your archive of mail, if you have one, is kept on
your desktop computer - you generally need little storage space on the
mail server.
IMAP service:IMAP is designed for the situation where
you need to work with your email from multiple computers, such as your
workstation at work, your desktop computer at home, or a laptop
computer while traveling.
Messages are displayed on your local
computer but are kept and stored on the mail server -you can work with
all your mail, old and new, from any computer connected to the internet.
can create subfolders on the mail server to organize the mail you want
to keep. However, these subfolders, as well as its contents work
against your total email quota of 75MB...

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