IMAP vs. POP3 in Outlook 2003
I use Outlook 2003. We run it at work, and I use it at home. I've been an Outlooky guy since '97, even though it wasn't until 2003 that it didn't suck completely.
I've got a Desktop at home, a Laptop at work, and my TabletPC for on-the-side writing gigs. Since I have only one email address (my first name @ my last name.com) and I will NEVER change it, it's fairly important to me. It's my personal email. I know some folks out there (RichC) have 50 emails like firstname.lastname@example.org or someclassIamtakingatcommunitycollege@hanselman.com. But, I just don't like it.
I'm home and work. One email for each. For home, I use POP3 email. I've got email going back to 1989 imported into my Outlook PST. I don't save attachments in the PST because of the 2 Gig limit. Anyway, the Home Desktop is "authoritative." It's on a RAID Array, Backed up to the REV daily, another External HD weekly, and Optical monthly. This means that while I download email on the other machines, I don't "care" about those "versions" and I leave "Leave Mail At Server" turned on everywhere. I use OddPost.com for reading my email everywhere else.
So, my question is, after all these years: Should I switch to IMAP?
- Would the ISP become "authoritative"?
- Would I want to upload the whole archive?
- Or, do I use IMAP for my Inbox only? and move things around from there?
- How would I back it up?
- What if I switched ISPs?
- How is the Outlook support for IMAP? I heard bad things...
- Would IMAP be better for my Mom's email?
- Everyone SAYS IMAP is better...what are the secret CONs that no one mentions?
Oh, experienced emailers...guide my decision!