The Bottom Line
- VM is powerful, easy to use and very customizable
- You browse mail on POP and IMAP servers with VM
- VM supports virtual folders and auto-filing
- VM's IMAP support is not stellar
- VM lets you fetch mail from local mail spools, POP and IMAP accounts.
- You can work on messages directly at a POP or IMAP server with VM, too.
- Messages can be assigned user-defined labels and can be sorted, organized and threaded flexibly.
- VM provides virtual folders that contain all messages based on criteria.
- VM helps you with saving/archiving mail by suggesting a folder based on various criteria.
- VM can be customized and automated using tons of options and hooks.
- Works well with other Emacs mail packages.
- VM supports Emacs 19.x/21.x and Xemacs (on all platforms).
Guide Review - VM 7.19 - Free Email Program
VM lets you sort and thread mail flexibly, and you can collect and browse mail matching certain criteria in virtual folders. Another useful feature is VM's auto-filing that lets you save mail to appropriate folders automatically.
While it's nice that you can fetch mail from POP and IMAP accounts and can even access them online, VM is not a true IMAP client and better used with local maildrops.