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.
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.
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.