POP vs. IMAP Email Programs

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POP vs. IMAP Email Programs

POP vs. IMAP Email Programs

Both POP and IMAP are email protocols, and Outlook supports both types of accounts. Some things to know about POP and IMAP protocols are as follows:

  1. POP stands for Post-Office Protocol, while IMAP stands for Internet message access protocol.
  2. POP is a one-way communication protocol, while IMAP is two-way. The advantage of a two-way communication protocol is that it allows you to work with your email from multiple computers, and the changes you make on one computer will be reflected on the other. For example:
    1. If you create a folder in your Gmail account while in Outlook, this folder will also appear when you log into Gmail.
    2. If you are in Gmail and delete an email, that email will also be deleted from your Outlook account.
  3. Most email services, such as Gmail, Hotmail, and AOL, use IMAP.
  4. If your email accounts supports IMAP, you can configure your account in Outlook automatically, as demonstrated in this course.
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