Today’s technology tidbit comes from Kyle at Godaddy.com. My question to him – “What is the difference between POP and IMAP?” His analogy was that POP is one way, like delivery, and IMAP is two way (receive and deliver). In other words, IMAP stores mail on email servers, POP stores email on the user’s computer. POP does not automatically sync your account and for the new CRM referred to my company, www.contactually.com, we need to receive and deliver so it’s time to upgrade our technology to IMAP.
Here is how Yahoo describes both options:
IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol):
When you set up mail on your mobile device, it automatically uses IMAP servers to sync your phone’s mail client to your account. This means the emails are retrieved on the device and remain within your mail account. Both (webmail and device) will mirror each other. What this means is that if a message is deleted from your phone, the message will also be deleted from your account. Likewise, when changes are made in your mail account, the changes will be reflected on your device. IMAP servers sync your device and account constantly, so they are the same.
POP (Post Office Protocol):
Another option is using POP servers to retrieve messages from your mail account. POP servers work by pulling all of the messages from your mail inbox to your mail client. If you do not configure your device to leave a copy of the messages on our servers, your mail account will always appear empty, and all messages will appear to go directly to your device. To learn how to configure your mail client to leave a copy of messages on our servers, please contact your carrier. They will know best how to enable this function on their devices. Once you have configured your mail client to leave a copy of messages on our server, you will have copies of messages in your account and on your phone. These copies can be modified independently of each other. Therefore, if you delete an email from your device while using POP, the message will still be retained in your mail account.“
Now if we can only decide on the right mobile technology system. We have to upgrade our phones for Instagram! That decision should be made by the next business technology issue!
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