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gate1975mlm
Premium
join:2001-09-30
Philadelphia, PA
kudos:8

IMAP Trial from XFINITY!

Introduction

Microsoft Windows 8 does not currently support the POP3 protocol in its native mail client. We highly recommend that Windows 8 users either use webmail or another client that does support the industry standard POP3 protocol (e.g. Microsoft Live Essentials Mail, Thunderbird, Opera Mail, etc).

This page is for those subscribers that use Windows 8 but cannot use one of the methods above. If you would like to sign up for Xfinity Connect Beta which supports IMAP access and can be used with Windows 8 native mail client, please read and accept the terms and conditions and sign in below.

Upon successful sign in, your Comcast username will be registered for migration to the beta servers. Your Comcast username will be migrated within 72 hours and will be able to use IMAP.

»xcbetasignup.comcast.net/imap_trial/web/



jlivingood
Premium,VIP
join:2007-10-28
Philadelphia, PA
kudos:2

1 recommendation

Worth noting that this is not restricted to Win8 users -- anyone can signup for the IMAP beta.
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JL
Comcast


neufuse

join:2006-12-06
James Creek, PA
reply to gate1975mlm

never got why we didn't have IMAP to start with considering the web mail app that is in place on comcast.net to start with supports folders



PGHammer

join:2003-06-09
Accokeek, MD

Because a lot of Comcast's customer base (like me) used a mail client that supported POP3. Outlook Express (the default mail client pre-Windows 8) and Outlook itself have ALWAYS supported POP3 - Outlook *itself* didn't get IMAP4 support until the 2010 for PC/2011 for OS X iterations. (And the only reason I noticed at all is because GMail, which supports both POP3 and IMAP4, defaults to IMAP4 as of Outlook 2010.) Outlook 2013 *still* defaults to POP3 for my CHSI mail - as is the case with GMail, it matters not a whit to me personally. The biggest push for IMAP4 is for smartphone connectivity - not PCs or Macs, or even Windows 8.


AVonGauss
Premium
join:2007-11-01
Boynton Beach, FL

Outlook has supported IMAP, albeit poorly, since Outlook 98.



PGHammer

join:2003-06-09
Accokeek, MD

As you phrased it - poorly. IMAP4 support didn't mature until Outlook 2010 - where it was as hands-free as their POP3 support (which has ALWAYS been hands-free.


AVonGauss
Premium
join:2007-11-01
Boynton Beach, FL

It still could use a bit more work, imho. Comparing POP3 and IMAP though is really like comparing a carburetor and a fuel injection system - while both perform a similar basic function, how they go about it is completely different. Comcast might deserve a bit of chiding for no IMAP support to date, but Microsoft with their recently released Outlook.com that does not support IMAP is probably a far more deserving target.



PGHammer

join:2003-06-09
Accokeek, MD

Again, the issue is smartphones/devices - not PCs or even Macs. The Outlook.com issue is even sillier because by default it uses the SAME mail protocol as Hotmail (which it is seeking to replace) - Exchange ActiveSync (which the Windows 8 Mail app supports , as does Outlook 2013). I have all three mail services (CHSI, Outlook.com, and GMail) on my Windows 8 desktop and use a SINGLE mail client with them all: Outlook 2013. However, no two mail services use the same protocol: POP3 with CHSI, EAS with Outlook.com, and IMAP4 with GMail. Outlook has no issues, either.


Extide

join:2000-06-11
84129
reply to gate1975mlm

I have been using IMAP on outlook for well over a decade. Not sure where you guys are getting your info...



papabapa

@lowellgeneral.org
reply to PGHammer

does anyone know what the storage limit is for the IMAP beta?