GMail releases IMAP support

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GMailGMail is now supporting IMAP synchronization, letting you keep e-mails across desktop, webtop, and handheld all in line. For BES customers this might not be a huge deal, but as a BIS user, keeping your e-mails properly read/unread across clients is a bit of a luxury feature. BlackBerrys these days come bundled with a GMail reader, so if Google is your one and only love, you’re probably just as well-off using that to view your e-mail since it syncs up fine too. What’s more likely is that GMail is a supplemental address which will now sync properly while being fed to the default BlackBerry e-mail area along with the rest of your messages. For small-time enterprise folks who are packing Google Apps for their own domain name but are running on BIS, solid syncing will let them play almost like the big boys on BES.

  • Ronno

    Yeehaw! Now all we need is a good OTA calendar sync app.

  • Ronno

    Yeehaw! Now all we need is a good OTA calendar sync app.

  • Josh G

    Odd… where it’s supposed to say “Forwarding and POP/IMAP,” my Gmail settings tab only says “Forwarding and POP.”

  • Josh G

    Odd… where it’s supposed to say “Forwarding and POP/IMAP,” my Gmail settings tab only says “Forwarding and POP.”

  • http://pdamobileweb.com/ Tim Nicholson

    This is great for desktop IMAP access, sure, but I don’t see how it really helps on the Blackberry. BIS doesn’t really support true IMAP. It will access IMAP accounts, but it handles them just like it were a POP3 account. Messages sent from your Blackberry don’t get placed in your sent items folder (in the case of Gmail they get sent to your inbox as a new message which is highly annoying). Plus, deleting messages from the IMAP account don’t get deleted on the Blackberry. Deleting them on the BB does delete from the IMAP server, but not the other way around. Also read/unread status doesn’t seem to work either.

    I’ve found that Yahoo Mail now syncs perfectly with BES, including the fact that it doesn’t even put ads in the mail you send. I would even pay the $20/year for their premium service to remove the ads from the web-based mail, but… Yahoo doesn’t support IMAP, so there is no good way to sync from a desktop.

    So we have Gmail working well from desktop mail, Yahoo working well with BES, but nothing working well with both. Unless I’m missing something.

  • http://pdamobileweb.com Tim Nicholson

    This is great for desktop IMAP access, sure, but I don’t see how it really helps on the Blackberry. BIS doesn’t really support true IMAP. It will access IMAP accounts, but it handles them just like it were a POP3 account. Messages sent from your Blackberry don’t get placed in your sent items folder (in the case of Gmail they get sent to your inbox as a new message which is highly annoying). Plus, deleting messages from the IMAP account don’t get deleted on the Blackberry. Deleting them on the BB does delete from the IMAP server, but not the other way around. Also read/unread status doesn’t seem to work either.

    I’ve found that Yahoo Mail now syncs perfectly with BES, including the fact that it doesn’t even put ads in the mail you send. I would even pay the $20/year for their premium service to remove the ads from the web-based mail, but… Yahoo doesn’t support IMAP, so there is no good way to sync from a desktop.

    So we have Gmail working well from desktop mail, Yahoo working well with BES, but nothing working well with both. Unless I’m missing something.