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We all scream for IMAP

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It appears that Google is now offering IMAP on their email accounts. Although POP3 support has been in place since late 2004, the one key element that was missing was the Internet Message Access Protocol.

This has been a missing feature that has been a barrier for many potential users looking to migrate to google mail. With the introduction of this feature users will be able to access and interact with their inbox from multiple devices (PC, Laptop, Mobile, PDA). This provide users with more flexibility on how they manage and manipulate their inbox, no-matter which device they choose logon from.

This sole feature could be the element that opens the door for Google where business customers are concerned. As part of their Google Apps (http://www.google.com/a/) for Businesses, Gmail is thrown in, as part of the bundle.

While POP3 was the only method for retrieving emails from devices unless you used the Ajax-rich online client, the users' experience was somewhat limited.

I doubt if I'd be wrong in saying the targetted/potential audience for this protocol is more within the business sector, moreso than your standard home user.

Source: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/10/free-imap-for-gmail.html

Lost track?

Posted in Websites

I don't know about you but I just haven't got a clue half the time as to which corporation owns what part of the internet. So for your visual pleasure I've compiled a handy reference list. (plus i was a little bored)

Who owns what?
del.icio.us is owned by Yahoo!
Doubleclick is now owned by google
Myspace owned by News Corp. (parent company of Fox).
Last.fm was recently purchased by CBS for $280 million.
Flickr is owned by Yahoo!
Youtube is owned by Google
WAYN was bought by ITV for £120 million
Feedburner recently purchased by yahoo
Konfabulator and Winblinds both owned by Yahoo
Friend Reunited bought for £120 million by ITV
Skype is owned by Ebay purchased for $2.6 Billion, along with paypal of course for $1.5 billion
Blogger is owned by google
MyBlogLog owned by Yahoo!

So there you have it, if it's not owned by a massive company apparently it's not woth going too.