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Email Glossary Definition

Definition: IMAP is a protocol that defines an email server and a way to retrieve mail from it. IMAP is a more recent and more advanced standard for mail storage than POP. It allows for messages to be kept in multiple folders, supports folder sharing, and online mail handling where email message need not be stored on the user's computer.

The current version is IMAP4.

Also Known As: Internet Messaging Access Protocol

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