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Chapter 17. Working with Mail Accounts > Understanding the Types of Mail Accoun...

Understanding the Types of Mail Accounts

Outlook supports a variety of messaging protocols. A protocol is a method of transferring messages between the messaging server and the messaging client. In some cases, your ISP or messaging server might support more than one possible protocol. To choose the protocol that's right for you, make sure that you understand the various protocols and what they can do for you. If you're in an Exchange environment, your system administrator determines which protocols you can choose to access your mail server.

POP3

One of the most popular protocols is POP3 (Post Office Protocol Version 3). Strangely enough, you don't actually ever hear about Post Office Protocol Version 1 or 2, but they were both used at one time or another. The first RFC (request for comments) for Post Office Protocol was submitted in October 1984. The intent of POP was to provide a simple method for workstations to access mail from a mail server. POP has undergone two revisions since 1984 and is now at version 3.


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