Google does IMAP meme

I’m not the biggest fan of web mail, so couldn’t really rejoice when Yahoo! and the likes offered unlimited storage. Heck, I hardly ever log into Zimbra’s web mail interface, even though its a thing of beauty. But today, Gmail introduced IMAP capabilities.

Gmail and me have always had a love-hate relationship. I even have the Gmail Notifier plugin in Firefox, and still hardly ever read my email. This was a real problem when I had to deal with the Summer of Code Google Groups (which I just ended up setting a filter and pushing it to my real email account).

All that’s water under the bridge. I have 4GB of storage on Gmail, and its just growing (and if I needed more, ahem, I could cough up some cash). And now, it works via IMAP (for free). Ages ago, speaking to some Googlers, I was told that the idea of IMAP is hard to implement because tags aren’t folders. I see they’ve fixed said bug, and am totally stoked. I’m now happy to read Gmail in Thunderbird, and will be using it a lot more.

Lock-in? Google knows more about me now? Sure. But now I’m spoilt for choice – reading Gmail via my Series 60 phone (their client is pretty swanky), reading it via IMAP in Thunderbird, and if required, via the web (ick).

On a rather ironic note, I use Yahoo! for search, not Google.

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  1. Irwan says:

    Yeah, the IMAP configuration has appeared in my GMail. The howto is also available now :)

  2. mahir says:

    i heard somewhere that the support is “write” only?
    what does that mean?

  3. byte says:

    @irwan: yes, it was always available at the google site

    @mahir: write only? no, i can read and write, just fine

  4. Ditesh says:

    mahir, write only support makes no logical sense at all.

    hmm, i could start selling hard drives with write-only support and guarantee infinite storage and ultra quick write times. of course, since there is no read support, the hard disk will only be a file descriptor for /dev/null ;)

  5. byte says:

    Ironically, mysql has the faster write-capable engine out there, called BLACKHOLE. when you use that as an engine, boy is it fast. But its really, as its name suggests, pointing to the direction of /dev/null :)