Complete Protocol dictionary, glossary and reference
IMAP4: Internet Message Access Protocol version 4
Internet Message Access Protocol version 4 (IMAP4) is the current verson of IMAP, a method of accessing electronic mail or bulletin board messages that are kept on a mail server. IMAP permits a "client" email program to access remote message stores as if they were local. Email stored on an IMAP server can be manipulated from a desktop computer remotely, without the need to transfer messages or files back and forth between these computers. The Key features for IMAP4 include:· Fully compatible with Internet messaging standards, e.g. MIME. · Allows message access and management from more than one computer. · Allows access without reliance on less efficient file access protocols. · Provides support for "online", "offline" and "disconnected" access modes. · Supports concurrent access to shared mailboxes · Client software needs no knowledge about the server's file store format.