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IMAP - are emails dynamically fetched from server as required?

Ian Thomas

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2013 64 bit
Email Account
Outlook.com (as MS Exchange)
#1
For my outlook.com email account running on Outlook 2013 desktop, I notice that I can search for information in emails and get a message that the search is continuing at the server, and the emails if found are then fetched to the appropriate folder on my desktop (or Windows 10 laptop, tablet, Windows phone).

My question is whther this is always done by IMAP or is it something that Exchange Server and Outlook manage - not necessarily other IMAP email servers?
 

Ian Thomas

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2013 64 bit
Email Account
Outlook.com (as MS Exchange)
#3
Thanks. I thouht it might be Microsoft Exchange only.
It is appreciated by me - maybe not by those who have limited data allowance from their ISP (few with that restriction, I think).
 

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