Yahoo Mail Throws Open its IMAP Support for Gmail and Google Apps

by: - Last updated on: December 11th, 2015

Yahoo has decided to take on Gmail in a rather queer manner, by integrating its rival services in its apps accounts. Yahoo seems to be frantically working itself up to match the rivals as it not only recently revamped its mail client but also pulled the wraps from the all new Yahoo Messenger.


The company has expanded its IMAP support to include Gmail and Google Apps accounts thus enabling users to club in their email accounts within the app. Yahoo seems to have come up with this feature to attract more Google services users and tempt them to try out the Yahoo mail client. Until now Yahoo Mail used to support Outlook, AOL Mail and Hotmail, the Gmail was the only major one to be left out.

While Gmail is leading the pack when it comes to E-mail Services, Yahoo is struggling to stay relevant. The company wants Yahoo to not just be a platform on which users will be able to stay in touch with their friends but also shape up as a database to store all the user related information.

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If you are boggled with the purpose of importing the database, Yahoo explains why you should be doing it. The import of the Gmail database means that the user will be able to leverage the Yahoo’s search capabilities and search the entire mailbox on any device. Yahoo’s contact service has also been improvised considerably in the recent past and the addition of account key will let you use the Yahoo account without an actual password.

The catch here is that Yahoo wants to bring people to its platform and for this sole purpose, the platform is striving hard by bringing in new features and aspiring to be more of a cross platform Mail service. Till now folks without Yahoo accounts typically strayed away from their services and this is something Yahoo wants to address and bring about the necessary amends.

Source: VentureBeat

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  1. Hi,
    Gmail lacks many features which are present in Yahoo mail:

    – ‘mark as read/unread’ dot button, ‘delete’ button and ‘search’ button besides ‘star’ button

    – on searching specific email id, sorting mails in to ‘To’, ‘From’ and ‘All’ in tabs

    – continuous scrolling inbox

    – automatic date separated mails

    – sorting mails by new date on top, oldest date on top, sender, unread etc

    – well defined ‘From’, ‘To’, ‘CC/BCC’ fields area

    – adding and viewing another email account easily without importing mails

    – multitasking tab email view – open multiple emails in tabs

    – “Reply/Forward” icon signs in front of mails after reply or forwarding.

    – 1000 GB storage (gmail gives 15 GB)