Should you be excited about Google’s switch to IMAP?

Google mail, or Gmail, far surpasses Yahoo! mail and Hotmail in terms of recent growth. But up to now, Gmail has been available on the web or as a POP account with forwarding. Google announced that they are rolling out support for IMAP starting today.

Why is this news? POP accounts are tied to one receiving address or account. IMAP service simultaneously shoots emails to all desktops, laptops and IMAP capable phones (such as iPhone) you use. Changes done to emails on one device will also update on others. It’s the ultimate in staying synched up.

If you’re an on-the-go kind of worker who needs to coordinate accounts while working, traveling or telecommuting, you now have permission to be excited.

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