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Friday, September 28, 2007

IMAP support through Google.

Can you possibly see if there is a way to get Google to add IMAP support to the students' email addresses?

Little bit of background information to get us started, taken from Wikipedia.

The Internet Message Access Protocol (commonly known as IMAP or IMAP4, and previously called Internet Mail Access Protocol, Interactive Mail Access Protocol (RFC 1064), and Interim Mail Access Protocol[1]) is an application layer Internet protocol operating on port 143 that allows a local client to access e-mail on a remote server.

IMAP is often used in large networks; for example, a college campus mail system. IMAP allows users to access new messages instantly on their computers, since the mail is stored on the network. With POP3, users either download the e-mail to their computer or access it via the web. Both methods take longer than IMAP, and the user must either download any new mail or "refresh" the page to see the new messages.

Further information can be found at: Wikipedia IMAP. More to follow...

EDIT: Updated 10/3/2007

To figure out whether it is possible for Google to enable this feature for student e-mail accounts the following response was found via Gmail help: Gmail doesn't currently support IMAP access. As part of our ongoing commitment to give our users easy access to their email, we have introduced POP access. We look forward to announcing other new features as they become available. Direct link: Gmail Help

If anyone has a greater understanding of IMAP and would be willing to aid us in describing how such a feature would be advantageous for students here at Arizona State perhaps we can pressure Google into developing this feature for Gmail. Currently Gmail does support POP3 as an alternative to IMAP.

-= EDIT: Updated 10/24/2007 =-

Rumors have it that Gmail is starting to offer IMAP with their accounts in waves. Now, I am not certain that it will pertain to us here at ASU, but if they start offering it with their normal GMail accounts, then if we don't have it we can demand it for you. Link to article: LINK

We have also found a video about how you can get the Google IMAP feature to work on the iPhone: LINK


Anonymous said...

IMAP exists now. You just have to have it set up correctly for ASU accounts. Generally it follows G-mail's instructions for setting up IMAP, except one's username is instead of simply one's googleID.

STAC said...

Thank you. said...

IMAP thru Google now works for me... just remember that your gmail password for "POP" and "IMAP" access has the possibility (sadly) of coming out-of-sync with your asu id. Refer to
bullet pt# 2.