Wednesday, 24 October 2007

For as long as Gmail has been around, The People have asked for IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) access to their accounts. Today, that time has come.

Google has announced they are rolling out IMAP across all Gmail accounts over the next few days. What does that mean? It's well-explained on the Gmail blog, right here. A little bird let me know this morning in IM. I really need to stop sleeping in so I can be the first to know every now and then, heh.

Ars technica has a good post explaining IMAP to the layperson and outlining the Gmail situation.

Now comes my big question: Is IMAP functionality also being rolled out to users of Google Apps mail (which is basically Gmail and other Google apps that you can use with @yourdomain.com)? I hope so, since that's they way I use their stuff. In the past Google's typical approach has been to enable new stuff on Gmail before rolling it out to Apps users. I've seen some people this morning claiming it's showing up here and there in apps accounts, but the people saying it are not actually mail for apps users, so grain-of-salt in my book. If you have a Google Mail for Apps setup, is IMAP an option for you yet?

If IMAP in Apps accounts happens (I am sure it will), my iPhone will get changed from POP to IMAP immediately (finally no more tedious deleting and marking as read), and Outlook 2007 or Thunderbird might just get resurrected. Fingers crossed!

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Wednesday, 24 October 2007 10:30:16 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Great news indeed! Thanks for posting it. I've never liked using POP, and use the gmail mobile interface on my iPhone. Will be changing to an imap account in mail soon.
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 10:53:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I use Gmail with a blackberry, and I have to say that I've never had any problems with Gmail POP3. Only thing that frustrates me is when I create an email on my BB, it gets effectivly sent to me...probably becuase of the way that Gmail organizes messages.

Guess i will change over to IMAP anyway, see what happens.
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 16:09:06 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I have two different domains setup under two different account for Google Apps, and haven't seen it in either one, yet, but I've heard rumors (like you have) that it's going to get added at some point.
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