Finally… IMAP in Gmail

There has been so much buzz about new things in Gmail, and I’ve been sitting around waiting for the IMAP, much less the V2 interface. I finally have IMAP (I just turned it off because I’m not using it now). Let’s see, how long did that take? IMAP first started showing up on , and I got it early morning on November 1. So that’s about a week and a half. Google’s Gmail Team actually just posted on their blog that all users have IMAP, so I’m definitely near the end of their rollout schedule, or at least I was…

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Google Officially Announces Gmail Changes

Well, the of Gmail is becoming a reality. Late last night, Google’s Gmail team officially announced structural code changes to the Gmail client (for Firefox 2 and IE7 now; other browsers later) to prepare for the future. There won’t be too many noticeable changes — most improvements are under the hood — but Gmail will now be using the same rich text editor as Page Creator and Groups. Other changes include new keyboard shortcuts, speed improvements, and bookmarking specific messages. Searches will also be email-able (not sure I see the usefulness of this one). Garett Rogers also posted about the…

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New Gmail Version Confirmed

Seems I’ve been slacking on my news-gathering. Posted yesterday, an entry in the Google Operating System (GOS) blog confirms the new version of Gmail I a few weeks back. Some of the new features announced at Google Analyst Day 2007 include message prefetching, an improved contact manager (which will be shared by other Google apps — sounds like a Windows Live service I saw a couple years ago), and more integration with other Google services, along the lines of the “View in Google Docs” links added to Microsoft Office attachments. Google didn’t announce a new UI at Analyst Day, but…

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Gmail’s IMAP Syncing Explained

Well, I got my answer to the question I yesterday. Labels in Gmail show up as folders in the mail client. Folders containing slashes are part of a hierarchy, e.g. label “Home/Work” would be a “Work” folder under a “Home” parent folder. Flags equal stars; trash is trash; spam markings translate between interfaces. Sending a message from IMAP stores it in Sent Mail; moving a message to a folder applies that label in Gmail. Moving to a sub-folder makes a hierarchical label as described above. The only thing that doesn’t work quite as you’d expect is deleting, which ordinarily removes…

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Idea for Using Gmail’s New IMAP

A comment over on the news story at Download Squad gave me an idea. Is there any reason I can’t temporarily set up IMAP and get all my old email in that way? IMAP is two-way synchronization, so adding the messages (carefully, of course) to the Inbox and then synchronizing, labeling each batch as I go, would be quite nice. I do wonder, though, how Google’s handled labels and archiving in the IMAP interface. It will be quite interesting to see what I can hack together with the new feature.

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Gmail IMAP Support?

Some Gmail users have reported that there are new settings showing up in the “Forwarding and POP” tab of Gmail that enable IMAP support. A “Supported IMAP Client List” has also been published in the Help Center. The help article that said Gmail does not support IMAP is gone (link should be dead). The new page gives links to instructions for enabling IMAP access in all the popular mail clients: Outlook (Express, 2003, 2007), Apple Mail, Windows Mail, Thunderbird 2.0, and even the iPhone. I’ve checked my settings page and found no new settings yet. (I never get new things…

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"Report Bug" Link Gone

Apparently, that “Report Bug” in the top bar of my Gmail account was just a temporary thing. It disappeared this evening. I have no hypotheses as to why it showed up for me and , why it showed up, or why it disappeared. Maybe it was just a last push to get reports from previous bug reporters about any outstanding bugs in the current Gmail iteration before they finalize development on that . My mom’s account still doesn’t have the link. Google can be so weird sometimes…

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Google Slowed it Down!

The Gmail storage has slowed. It’s down to about a megabyte every 55 minutes, instead of ten. Maybe even Google has limits… The decrease cuts the storage rate to less than 20% of what it was just after the update, and this all happened last night, probably around 0100 Pacific, which is when Google did their last tweak. Since my storage was going nicely at the old new clip a mere 12 hours ago, and now it’s slowed, it has to have been done overnight. What I want to know is, why did Google make such a huge spike and…

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