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Here you will find the IMAP settings for most Email providers, such as GMail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail,, GMX and many more.

1&1 IMAP Settings
AIM IMAP Settings
AOL IMAP Settings
AT&T IMAP Settings
Bigpond IMAP Settings
BT IMAP Settings
Care2 IMAP Settings
Comcast IMAP Settings
Cox IMAP Settings
directBOX IMAP Settings
Fastmail IMAP Settings
GMX IMAP Settings
GMail IMAP Settings
Hotmail IMAP Settings
Hushmail IMAP Settings
iCloud IMAP Settings IMAP Settings IMAP Settings
Lycos IMAP Settings IMAP Settings IMAP Settings
Reddifmail IMAP Settings
Shortmail IMAP Settings
Verizon IMAP Settings
Yahoo IMAP Settings
Zoho Mail IMAP Settings
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Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) is a protocol for e-mail retrieval and storage developed by Mark Crispin in 1986 at Stanford University as an alternative to POP. IMAP unlike POP, specifically allows multiple clients simultaneously connected to the same mailbox, and through flags stored on the server, different clients accessing the same mailbox at the same or different times can detect state changes made by other clients.

IMAP was designed by Mark Crispin in 1986 as a remote mailbox protocol, in contrast to the widely used POP, a protocol for retrieving the contents of a mailbox.

IMAP was previously known as Internet Mail Access Protocol, Interactive Mail Access Protocol (RFC 1064), and Interim Mail Access Protocol.

Original IMAP: The original Interim Mail Access Protocol was implemented as a Xerox Lisp machine client and a TOPS-20 server. No copies of the original interim protocol specification or its software exist. Although some of its commands and responses were similar to IMAP2, the interim protocol lacked command/response tagging and thus its syntax was incompatible with all other versions of IMAP.

IMAP2: The interim protocol was quickly replaced by the Interactive Mail Access Protocol (IMAP2), defined in RFC 1064 (in 1988) and later updated by RFC 1176 (in 1990). IMAP2 introduced the command/response tagging and was the first publicly distributed version.

IMAP3: IMAP3 is an extremely rare variant of IMAP. It was published as RFC 1203 in 1991. It was written specifically as a counter proposal to RFC 1176, which itself proposed modifications to IMAP2. IMAP3 was never accepted by the marketplace. The IESG reclassified RFC1203 "Interactive Mail Access Protocol - Version 3" as a Historic protocol in 1993. The IMAP Working Group used RFC1176 (IMAP2) rather than RFC1203 (IMAP3) as its starting point.

IMAP2bis: With the advent of MIME, IMAP2 was extended to support MIME body structures and add mailbox management functionality (create, delete, rename, message upload) that was absent in IMAP2. This experimental revision was called IMAP2bis; its specification was never published in non-draft form. An internet draft of IMAP2bis was published by the IETF IMAP Working Group in October 1993. This draft was based upon the following earlier specifications: unpublished IMAP2bis.TXT document, RFC1176, and RFC1064 (IMAP2). The IMAP2bis.TXT draft documented the state of extensions to IMAP2 as of December 1992. Early versions of Pine were widely distributed with IMAP2bis support (Pine 4.00 and later supports IMAP4rev1).

IMAP4: An IMAP Working Group formed in the IETF in the early 1990s took over responsibility for the IMAP2bis design. The IMAP WG decided to rename IMAP2bis to IMAP4 to avoid confusion with a competing IMAP3 proposal from another group that never got off the ground. The expansion of the IMAP acronym also changed to the Internet Message Access Protocol. The latest version, IMAP4, allows an email client to manipulate email messages stored on a server in the same way as a client using local folders. This ability allows multiple clients for a single user to see the same mailbox status. For example, if a user moves a message from the user's INBOX to some other folder using one client, when later accessing the mailbox from another client the message appears in the folder to which it was moved.


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