Okay, while it’s nice that Google has now rolled POP support to my Gmail account, I kind of wish it hadn’t. Why? Because in the absence of POP I would have cheerfully convinced myself that Google’s Gmail crew was working on IMAP support, that they were going straight past POP without stopping.
IMAP makes so much more sense than POP in Gmail:
- It is a better fit with the gigabyte of storage
- It is consistent with the Gmail idea of a delete-nothing persistent message store
- It is lighter-weight than Gmail, so less server load from clients
- It would make it hard for me to not make Gmail the hub of my personal emails, given that I could have a universal message store
So why is Google wasting time with POP on Gmail? My bet — and this is unabashedly optimistic on my part — is that it is holding out to offer IMAP support in a paid version of Gmail.