Why does Outlook (and Outlook Express) work so much more quickly than my web mail interface?
Posted on 2006-11-22
Where I work we host our own email. All employees can access their email using the Web. The company that made the software we use (Merek) makes available an interface users can use if they want (instead of Outlook or OE).
I understand that when you use this interface, you are actually "looking" at your emails on the server ... as opposed to having your emails downloaded to you PC.
Here's the rub: when we use the interface, it takes a long time before you can see your emails. But if we use Outlook (or OE) it comes up almost instantly and new email download quickly.
This seems counter-intuitive. In the first scenario, we are just looking at emails residing on the server. In the 2nd scenario we are actually asking new emails to be sent to our PC. Shouldn't this take longer?
What am I missing here?