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  Email Protocols: Where Do We Go Now?
Subject:   webmail is imap
Date:   2006-09-18 08:55:20
From:   shack
Though webmail feels a lot different to the user than using an IMAP client does, it's worth pointing out that all of the webmail systems (that I know of) are in fact IMAP clients. They just happen to be installed on the server itself rather than on the client computer. Of course I haven't seen under the hood of GMail et al., but have installed quite a few webmail systems on servers (Squirrrel, Horde, Imp, Roundcube), and none of them need anything "special" to work other than available IMAP services on the server they're installed on.