Both POP and IMAP are enabled on all free AOL email accounts. This means any email client that has support for these protocols (almost all of them do), will let you download and store messages on your computer. So what is the difference between IMAP and POP?
IMAP is ideal for users who plan to have everything organized. This protocol synchronizes your online account with one on your computers and other devices (check out how to get AOL on iPhone using IMAP).
POP (Post Office Protocol) is older to IMAP and may not be a good bet for the present times when people access their accounts from multiple devices. POP simply helps in fetching messages from the server. Thus, if you use a mobile phone and a computer, the email account on these two devices would not be the same. Messages sent from your computer would not show up in the Sent folder of the mobile phone. This is the limitation of POP.
Before I tell you the steps involved in setting up and configuring an AOL email account in Windows Mail please note that this software is no longer being supported and developed by Microsoft. The company strongly recommends that users move to Windows Live Mail.
That’s it! You’ve successfully set up and configured your AOL email account in Windows Mail Vista. Enjoy and use email responsibly!
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