Information Technology

Gartner Glossary

Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)

Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) is a protocol for accessing email or bulletin board messages from a (possibly shared) mail server or service. IMAP allows a client e-mail program to access remote message stores as if they were local. Email stored on an IMAP server can be manipulated from a workstation at the office, a desktop computer at home or a notebook computer while traveling, without requiring the transfer of messages or files back and forth between these computers. Details of the IMAP specification can be found at www.imap.org.

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