While Google’s PageRank team have been busy penalizing the big players with a penalty sweep, GMail team has been busy adding IMAP support to GMail.
I have tried using POP3 with Thunderbird but I missed the features available with IMAP. One of the main IMAP feature is that it syncs both ways. So, if you delete or mark a message read in your email client such as Thunderbird, it automatically reflects in your web account as well.
IMAP makes accessing your email from multiple devices such as your browser, email client, mobile phone or Nintendo Wii a snap. Google has made this excellent feature available for free and they are rolling it out to all the accounts as I write this.
In fact, my account already has it and I am having fun with it.
Here are a few quick steps to set it up in Thunderbird:
- Go to Settings in your GMail account
- Click on Forwarding & POP/IMAP
- Enable IMAP & Save Settings
- Follow the configuration instructions
- Remember to enable SSL & set port to 993 in IMAP – Server Settings
- Remember to choose TLS & set port to 587 in SMTP settings
With that you should be able to enjoy the power of Thunderbird at home/work while you have the great web interface anytime you need it.
For the USB drive addicts and for the lucky winner abut to win the 1GB USB flash drive, there is a portable version of Mozilla Thunderbird (6.7MB) available at PortableApps.com.
If you are looking to find out how to use it with your iPhone, here is a YouTube video.
What do you think about this new feature?