IMAP4 Email Access
IMAP's ability to access messages (both new and saved) from more than one computer has become extremely important as reliance on electronic messaging and use of multiple computers increase, but this functionality cannot be taken for granted: the widely used Post Office Protocol (POP) works best when one has only a single computer, since it was designed to support "offline" message access, wherein messages are downloaded and then deleted from the mail server. This mode of access is not compatible with access from multiple computers since it tends to sprinkle messages across all of the computers used for mail access. Thus, unless all of those machines share a common file system, the offline mode of access that POP was designed to support effectively ties the user to one computer for message storage and manipulation. IMAP4 deals with the receiving of e-mail from your local server and should not to be confused with Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), a protocol for transferring e-mail between points on the Internet.Software Supporting IMAP4
Many programmes support the IMAP4 protocol, with the most popular ones being Outlook and Outlook Express. We provide full details of how to setup these programmes. Other software may be used however we may lack detailed installation procedures and therefore will require the user to have a working knowledge of their software.