MAPI compared to the IMAP , POP3 .

Hi All .

Would like to know the features that MAPI connection could offer than IMAP4 , POP3 , in regards to
the differences ,features , automatic configuration , AS , OOF , OAB , Calendars ...etc ,   cause am not sure yet which protocol shall i intend to use for my users , second issue regards public folders as I still never use them , and never seen anyone before , would like also to know the concept and a real case scenario for them , why to use them ?

Wait you , Thanks .
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
It's not something I really get into but my understadning is that pop3 and imap are used primarily for webmail and not much more than that, they are widly supported being internet standards but they lack function.

MAPI is used is by client applications such as Microsoft Outlook, so you have a full product managing your mail and all the features that go along with it, not just a web interface.

I am not sure how much cross over there is or if each protocl can do more or less, also Public Folders are a feature of Microsoft Exchange server rather than the protocol itself.


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ExchisaAuthor Commented:

I know MAPI can have all the exchange features , BUT is it a set of protocols ???
do i can use all exchange features through POP3, IMAP4 ????
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