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Chapter 2. Getting Started and Getting Help > Available Protocols in Outlook

Available Protocols in Outlook

A protocol is a set of formal rules describing how to transmit data. There are protocols for mail, calendar, contacts, addressing, and secure communications. Table 2.2 lists the protocols available in Outlook 2003 and their properties.

Table 2.2. Available Protocols in Outlook 2003
ProtocolDescription
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)A format for displaying information on the Web
iCalendarA common format for exchanging calendaring and scheduling information across the Internet
Internet Mail Access Protocol 4 (IMAP4)A format for sending and receiving Internet email messages from multiple folders
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)A way to provide access to address and directory information over the Internet
Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME)A method of encoding attachments used by HTML email
Network News Transport Protocol (NNTP)A protocol used to post and download newsgroup messages
Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3)A protocol for sending and receiving Internet email (only supports Inbox)
Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME)This protocol allows email messages to be digitally signed and encrypted
Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP)A popular protocol for sending and receiving Internet email
vCalendarA format to send and receive calendar and scheduling information over the Internet
vCardA format to send and receive information about people over the Internet



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