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This article contains information on configuring email applications to access most email at the university. Please note that if you are a Pegasus email user, you will follow other procedures.
Campus email is easily accessible either through the webmail system or retrieved with the use of an email application such as Thunderbird. Most user should be able to easily configure their email clients as long as they have the correct information.

Supported Clients
Any client that can access POP3 or IMAP email systems can retrieve your campus email. However, given the extremely large number of email clients in use around the world, we cannot provide support or information on each application. We document the main clients on campus and recommend using Microsoft Oulook or Mozilla Thunderbird.

Incoming Server:  mail.latech.edu
Outgoing Server:  smtp.latech.edu  (should be configured to use submission port with authentication/encryption. See examples for specific clients.  This is required in residence areas).

POP3 vs IMAP
POP3 and IMAP are two Internet protocols for accessing e-mail. When you are setting up a new mail client, you have the option of each of these protocols.

POP3 is the older, more traditional method. POP is a connect and fetch system. You connect, authenticate, and your messages are transferred to your local computer. This means that messages are saved onto your hard drive. 

IMAP on the other hand is a remote mail management system. You connect and authenticate, but messages are never transferred to your local computer unless you explicitly save a message to a local file. It allows for access to multiple folders on the server, so you can access all of your mail from any computer system as opposed to POP where only the messages in your incoming mailbox on the server and messages stored locally on your PC are available. The tradeoff is that you must have internet connection to access any of your e-mail using IMAP, whereas with POP, you have access to the locally stored mailboxes.

IMAP is preferable when you wish to manage all of your messages from mutiple computer systems, and is more efficient on low speed links (since messages aren't transferred until you request to read them). POP is better if you prefer to keep your mail on your own personal system rather than leaving messages on the server. Using IMAP has other advantages, including nightly backups of messages, and old messages aren't locked into any particular e-mail client - allowing easy migration between e-mail tools. Currently IMAP is only available on UNIX based mail servers (COES, CoE, BETA). It is expected that the University will move toward IMAP based solutions.
 
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