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    Seems like IMAP is very good, is there some way to get a account for it free?

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    IMAP is far less common for normal consumer use than POP3. It is possible that your school or workplace uses it; mine does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glyakk
    To be 'web-based' means it's part of the HTTP protocol, or needing it to function.
    If that's the case, then there's no such thing as "web-based" email.

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    Doesn't hotmail and everything else run off of POP3?


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    No hotmail is based on the http protocol it is not pop3 based. That's one reason why you can't access hotmail from most email clients, most of them take pop3 or imap only.

    Webmail is not a function of the pop3 protocol. Webmail is an application that that can access a pop3 account and display the contents online. That does not make pop3 'web-based'. It might make it web-accessiable but a pop3 account does not need anything to do with http or the web to exist or function.

    Going back to hotmail, since hotmail is http based it does require http to function.


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    Steve is saying that the actual mail protocol is not based on HTTP but rather a different protocol. Recall that HTTP (1.0) works like:

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    GET request HTTP/1.0
    ...and the server responds. POP3 and such work in completely different manners. Hotmail likely uses a fully custom protocol that scales better and is less resource-intensive.
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    oohhh. thats advertising your site, straight out!


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