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IMAP coming to Gmail

There's no word yet on the official schedule or road map for IMAP support in Gmail. Google appears to be doing a silent rollout of this feature. Some users already have it, but others don't.

There's no word yet on the official schedule or road map for IMAP support in Gmail. Google appears to be doing a silent rollout of this feature. Some users already have it, but others don't.

You can check if your account is IMAP-enabled by looking under the "Settings" link to see if your "Forwarding and POP" option is now "Forwarding and POP/IMAP." If your account is IMAP-enabled, these instructions will help you get configured.

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The tricky part here is that Gmail doesn't have proper folders. Google got around this by using labels to indicate the folder that a particular mail is in. Google's IMAP behavior chart lists the details.

According to CNET News.com, Gmail's new IMAP features is strictly catered to client-side access only:

Also, it's worth noting that the IMAP support is one-way: You can use IMAP clients to read and send your Gmail. You cannot use the Gmail interface to access e-mail from non-Google IMAP servers or from Exchange. The only non-Google e-mail servers that Gmail can access are POP machines, and you don't get any mailbox synchronization with that method.

Will IMAP support in Gmail be of any use to you?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

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