We have learned a lot about you guys in the past couple of weeks, and I think the following question will become my favorite so far.
Productive emailing can be a very rewarding experience that saves you a lot of time, and maybe some of you have some secret email management skills that can benefit us all.
Basically what I am asking this time is the following: do you use POP3, IMAP, or webmail, or maybe even something else? POP is the "oldschool" way of doing things.
You download the messages from the server, but you are essentially making a copy of your real inbox on the server, the message structure, messages, etc are not changed on the server, no matter what you do in your email client (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc).
IMAP is the method of directly accessing your server real-time from different applications. If you delete an email from your client (Outlook, mobile email apps, Thunderbird supports IMAP as well) you delete it from your server too, and vice-versa. Webmail of course means accessing a web interface like the ones offered by services such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail and all the others.
There are many ways to manage email using any of these methods, but which do you think is best?
POP is great for managing emails as tasks, and to keep backups, in fact, I think it is the most productive, but since it doesn't modify your server too, it means your server will be a mess. IMAP is great for not doing double work, but is at times a bit inflexible and harder to use if you also want advanced features like labels, tags, folders, etc.
Webmail is probably a mixture of the two if you have a good interface like Gmail. So which do you prefer, how do you manage your email, and what are the tools that you use for that?
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