Mu's Thoughts

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Gmail IMAP?

GMail will never support IMAP.

Why?

Because of the way GMail organizes e-mail. Its conversation mode results in all replies being linked to one another. If a user were to use IMAP and delete a message in the middle of a conversation, then synchronize with the server. What would happen to the conversation? Who knows...

This is why GMail will never support IMAP and it is sad... :(

4 Comments:

  • im sure they will support IMAP. conversations delted would be treated like a deleted "branch" in a XML. LOL...i sound like i know what im talking about. But i dont....hehehehehe...

    Peace to the world

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 21:24  

  • yeah... I guess the deleted mail can be just crossed out rather than moved to trash.

    By Blogger jm1234567890, at 21:26  

  • WTF? I dont know if I misunderstood your statement, but I just dont get your point. Do you believe that currently gmail is unable to delete individual messages in a conversation? Just open a conversation, choose any individual message you want to delete, click on the arrow next to reply and chose "delete this message".

    It is pretty straight forward if you ask me.

    http://www.mcc.unam.mx/~acornejoc

    By Blogger alex, at 14:24  

  • It's fairly easy to mark one mail as "deleted" in IMAP, there is no need to actually *delete* the mail. Conversation secured, imap assured.

    By Blogger Tommie, at 03:01  

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