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IMAP
Last modified: Friday, July 20, 2001 

Short for Internet Message Access Protocol, a protocol for retrieving e-mail messages. The latest version, IMAP4, is similar to POP3 but supports some additional features. For example, with IMAP4, you can search through your e-mail messages for keywords while the messages are still on mail server. You can then choose which messages to download to your machine.

IMAP was developed at Stanford University in 1986.

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All about IMAP
Contains Stanford University's explanation of IMAP.

IMAP Information Center
Contains general information about the IMAP protocol, as well as software, mailing list information, and other information posted by the University of Washington.

Internet Mail Consortium
Provides information on Internet mail standards, news, consortiums, newsgroups, FAQs, and documentation.

Message Access Paradigms and Protocols
This paper compares the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) to the POP protocol in the context of online operation.

RFC 2060
Request for Comments document for the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), Version 4rev1.

Second International IMAP meeting
Contains details of the second international Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) meeting held in November 1996.

The IMAP Connection
Contains information on the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), including an introduction, news and events, products, documents, and related sites.

The IMAP4 RFC
Request for Comments paper on the Internet Message Access Protocol - Version 4.

Yahoo!'s IMAP page
Yahoo!'s directory of IMAP.

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