Originally Posted by penguin3107
POP and IMAP are the only email protocols? That's just nonsense.
GMail has been integrated with BIS since before GMail even had POP or IMAP access to your mailbox.
BIS integrates with the Web Service provided by GMail and I suspect they did the same
thing with Yahoo. Turn off POP or IMAP on your Yahoo account (or GMail), and BIS will continue to function. Same thing with OWA, and now hotmail.
No new email protocols are being created for this purpose. BIS is integrating with the web services, and yes, RIM did get together with these mail providers to work out the specialized integration.
hhmmm... do you know what owa is doing in the background to access the exchange server? without pop, imap, http, (or possibly webdav and/or http, or mapi in cases like outlook) youre really not going to get your email. even a well written web service (of which i have written many) are using a standard tcp protocol in the background. get it? so take my word for it, the actual retrieval of your mail from the mailbox is happening via one of these protocols.