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POP3 or IMAP?

Enkel
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Registered: 07-08-2007

POP3 or IMAP?

I've been reading recently that POP3 protocol is old hat and if your ISP supports it it's much better to use IMAP.  Specifically with Plusnet is it? (much better).  And if so, what happens if I change my mail settings from tired old POP3 to sparkling new IMAP?  Do I clag up your server or my connection?  Do I lose all my filters ?  Do I have to recreate all my sub-folders on your IMAP server?  I'm confused.  Any help welcomed
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Re: POP3 or IMAP?

If you connect using IMAP your mail client will see all the folders (and the mail therein) on the PN servers.
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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mikethackery
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Re: POP3 or IMAP?

I'm interested in this topic as it's been suggested IMAP might be the answer to my question on another thread.  I suspect though, if it's what I'm doing to see my Hotmail account via Outlook, then the folder structure will be inherited from Webmail rather than Webmail inheriting the folder structure you already have.
I'm happy to be proved wrong though.  Time to find a write-up on IMAP I think.
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Re: POP3 or IMAP?

Quote from: mikethackery
it's been suggested IMAP might be the answer to my question on another thread. 
By me?
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Re: POP3 or IMAP?

Quote from: Enkel
I've been reading recently that POP3 protocol is old hat and if your ISP supports it it's much better to use IMAP. 

Why?
If there's no logical reason given that relates to your way of using it then assume NO.
IMAP has it's place, and good and bad points.  Lips are sealed
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Re: POP3 or IMAP?

I'm no expert, but have started using IMAP on my FOL account, because it leaves the emails on the server, which means thath they're available on my desktop, smartphone and Ipod (plus my wife's smartphone).
John