Archived Forum Post
Create Folders in POP3 or Exchange?
Mar 02 '14 at 23:11
Is there a method to create a folder in exchange or pop email , also is there a method for moving emails to folders for pop and exchange?
Here is an answer in multiple parts:
- Email clients communicate with mail servers via standard protocols, such as SMTP, POP3, IMAP, etc. Email clients do not support specific email servers -- rather, they support specific protocols.
- POP3 and IMAP are protocols for reading email, SMTP is for sending email.
- The Microsoft Exchange Server supports POP3 and IMAP. Chilkat implements POP3 and IMAP, and therefore Chilkat can communicate with Exchange Server via these protocols.
- The POP3 protocol is a very simple protocol with limited features. The reason is that it is designed solely for the purpose of downloading email off the server. It can only communicate with the INBOX of an email account -- not with other folders. POP3 is simple because the intention is that email would be managed locally after being downloaded. The mail server only exists as a temporary holding area for recently received email.
- The IMAP protocol is much more complex and much more feature rich. This is because the intent is that email will be kept on the server and managed there. It has the capability of creating folders, deleting folders, and managing email in various ways.
- Chilkat can create folders via IMAP. It cannot create folders via POP3 because there is no such feature within the POP3 protocol itself.
- Email can be uploaded to an IMAP folder, via the IMAP protocol, and Chilkat supports this. Again, the POP3 feature set is sparse, and does not provide this capability. Again, it is not a lack of functionality within Chilkat, but a lack of functionality in the POP3 protocol itself.