One email account - Is it OK to pop from one laptop and imap from another laptop ?

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One email account ...

Laptop 1 - set up years ago as a pop and Email left on server

I realize sent items will stay in the .pst on local machine

Customer has a new laptop

I’m thinking of IMAP for this one

.......

I’m concerned about changing laptop 1 to IMAP

But should I just bite the bullet and do it ?

Or will there be no issue using pop on Laptop 1 and imap on Laptop 2 looking at the same email adress ....

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
Most Valuable Expert 2012
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Commented:
It will work just fine. I have two POP machines and one IMAP machine and it all works fine

Good luck
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
Again yes but do not forget on the POP machine to leave mail on the server
Top Expert 2016

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Better to use IMAP everywhere.  POP can delete messages on the server which means that the only copy of the message will be on the POP machine.
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Ok will weight it all up ....

Just wondering can I somehow get the sent items from the .pst and get them on the imap folder by some IT trickery / wizardry ?

Thanks and good night, it's almost 2 am here
Top Expert 2016

Commented:
add the imap to the pst computer and drag and drop or copy/paste
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Expert of the Year 2018

Commented:
You can use both. I do. OR, make sure you have all your mail before setting up IMAP (if you can) and then convert the POP computer to IMAP. Either way will work.
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If you do this, you can get in a bind. If one account accidentally flips the config switch to say "delete email on server", then all your email will be immediately deleted on the server.

The other problem is differences in POP + IMAP flag writing, which are flags appended to file names to indicate state of a message.

Running two different protocols... geez... high likelihood these flags will eventually desync + then you'll have to manually fix this by hand renaming files.

If you use Dovecot, you may avoid this problem, as Dovecot was built from the ground up to normalize file flags between both protocols.

Tip: If you're going to be accessing a mailstore from multiple machines, then use IMAP4S + completely disable POP.

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