Gmail Configuration: POP and IMAP
I recommend that we default to IMAP as the default transfer protocol during GMail configuration.
Support the goals of the Thunderbird 3 release, especially
- To increase adoption of Thunderbird
- To improve usability
- The user should have the choice between POP and IMAP
- Prevents possible loss of data: if the POP account is used to backup data elsewhere, pulling the data with a second POP account will misdirect and thus "lose" data.
- Users will expect Thunderbird to choose the better choice, and most people agree that IMAP is "better" than POP.
Disadvantages of IMAP as default
- People need to enable IMAP in GMail; however, the same is true for POP.
- Some people may not know the difference, and if we give them a choice, they might abort the configuration.
Will you please discuss this at your next weekly meeting?
--Jcarroll 09:25, 23 August 2008 (UTC)