Solved Is IMAP a better choice than POP for Windows Live Mail 2011?

March 7, 2019 at 18:32:33
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Celeron / 128MB RAM
IMAP is a better choice than POP.

By replacing DeltaSync with IMAP, you can continue to use Windows Live Mail 2011 or 2012 on Windows 7 or 8, and WLM will function exactly as it did with DeltaSync. Using POP3 instead of IMAP will give you a much worse experience, because only the Inbox will work normally: all other folders within WLM will not synchronise.

Even now, years after DeltaSync was switched off, WLM 2011 continues to work normally using IMAP.

Note: I was trying to leave a comment on a post about problems using POP3 with Windows Live Mail, but the system unhelpfully posted my comment as a new question instead.

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March 7, 2019 at 19:53:45
Wouldn't an even better choice be to stop using an outdated / unsupported email program?

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March 7, 2019 at 21:29:16
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I use Thunderbird & POP with an Gmail address.

Comparing Two Approaches to Remote Mailbox Access: IMAP vs. POP

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March 8, 2019 at 01:36:14
IMAP is allegedly more secure than POP... but for me it has one serious irritation, namely that a change in the content of one client account is reflected across all other clients. Which means that one can’t delete a message on one client account and leave it on another. I prefer to leave messages on the server (inbox) and delete or retain on client accounts as and when; and visa-versa.

I use the sever as a form of cloud storage, and thus have access to all messages (current and older) whenever, wherever; regardless of which computer, tablet. etc. I use.

I can delete from each device, or not, as preferred.

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March 14, 2019 at 01:32:55
@trvlr - Windows Live Mail 2011 provides a solution.

By using its Storage folders (a set of customisable folders it stores on your local disc) to save your messages in, you can download and store locally just those messages you want local access to, while leaving all messages available on the cloud server.

Two steps are involved -

1. The 'live' inbox folder can be set to download message headers only, so that you do not have to download all messages locally, only those you choose to double-click on. Those downloaded can be copied to a (user customisable) Storage folder.

2. The local 'live' inbox folder can (optionally) then be reset, to show headers only, thereby deleting the message bodies locally but without affecting the messages stored on the cloud server.

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March 14, 2019 at 17:00:32
That IMAP sync aspect is exactly what many of us don’t want.

There have been occasions when content left on one device inbox, but has been deleted from others (and the server) has been a true benefit.

This debate comes and goes regularly; and likely will do so ad aeternum. It all comes down individual preferences.

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March 14, 2019 at 17:02:30
"That IMAP sync aspect is exactly what many of us don’t want"
"It all comes down individual preferences"

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