Gmail IMAP info, and such and such
I have picked up some useful pieces of information from an editorial “Will Google replace Microsoft Exchange?”. I don’t know if everything is true (I try not to use editorials as a source for facts, although Technologyevangelist.com has tended to be pretty good), but if it is there were two things I did not know previously:
- Gmail’s IMAP does not currently support IMAP Idle. This is too bad, but also not surprising, since I assume they wanted to get IMAP out as they could. I would be surprised if this doesn’t hurt them in the end, what with everyone doing full refreshes.
- Leopard will support IMAP idle. This is great news. Before I started using Gmail for everything, I was using IMAP and loving it. Unfortunately, Mail.app didn’t have idle so I saw no point in leaving it running for any length of time (and I find Thunderbird a little too annoying to use for anything other than newsgroups). In the end I found MacBiff, a program that—while near perfect—could have done for some updates in the last (almost) three years.
So there you go. A couple of things that may or may not be facts. Enjoy.