Google Begins IMAP Rollout in Gmail

Many users of Google’s Gmail service will begin to see IMAP listed along with Forwarding and POP in their settings. Google started rolling out the availability of IMAP for their Gmail webmail service. This will allow for “2 way” communication between your email client and Gmail on the web, meaning that if you move a message in your email client, the next time it connects to Gmail, it’ll sync it up in both locations. They currently only have a handful of supported clients and devices (which includes most of the major email clients), but I’m sure that list will expand in the future.

I think I might just have to break out Thunderbird again and start using an email client to check my email again. There’s always been certain things I liked better about a client than webmail.

Discussion at Slashdot

UPDATE: Post from Boing Boing Gadgets… and if people are wondering when they’ll be getting it, I don’t know. I don’t have it yet myself. Google tends to roll out these new “big” features over time, so be patient.

I also found a blog post from the Official Google Blog regarding IMAP for Gmail. They say this about when you’ll get it…

And remember, we’re rolling out IMAP starting today, so if you don’t see it in “Settings,” don’t worry, it will be there soon.

Finally, there’s also a post on the Official Gmail Blog.  In that post, they say that they will be rolling this out “over the next couple of days”.

2 thoughts on “Google Begins IMAP Rollout in Gmail”

  1. Do you have any clue as to how and when google rolls these out?
    i still don’t see this in my account.
    my iPhone would love it.

  2. The only info I have is what I read about on Slashdot. I have a new link from Boing Boing Gadgets, but I don’t have it either (and neither does the guy who does BB Gadgets). There’s a little discussion there as well. I’ll add that link to the original posting.

    Basically, Google rolls stuff out in waves, so it might take some time before it gets to you. I can’t wait because I’ll start using Thunderbird again (I’ve been waiting for an excuse to use it again and this is a perfect one).

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