Email Configurations

When you first log into your new .edu email account, my-edu-email.com offers three different types of private, open-source email programs named: Horde, Roundcube & SquirrelMail:

The first step is to change your password. You also have other options such as forwarding, filtering, etc.

You can test each of the three email programs available and then choose the email software that you are most comfortable utilizing. You can also compare them here.

When you access an email account through a desktop email application such as Windows Live Mail®, the email application will require specific information about your email account. You can use the auto-configure options below to attempt to automatically configure your email application. If the available options are not compatible with your application, you will need to use the Manual Settings information.

Auto Configuration Scripts & Manual Settings

In your control Panel, Listed below are the available mail client auto-configuration scripts and manual settings. Select the script for your mail client and operating system. When you access an email account through a desktop email application such as “Microsoft Outlook 2000® for Windows®”, the email application will require specific information about your email account. You can use the auto-configure options below to attempt to automatically configure your email application. If the available options are not compatible with your application, you will need to use the Manual Settings information.

 

IMAP vs. POP3

IMAP and POP3 are different in how and for how long they store mail on the mail server.

POP3

When you use POP3, your mail server deletes messages when you download them. That means that you can only access messages from the computer that you used to download them. Also, POP3 does not require a constant connection while you read email. While this system conserves your mail server’s disk resources, it limits how your users can access their email. 

IMAP

When you use IMAP, your mail server permanently stores messages. This means that you can access them through any computer as long as you have the correct login information. Also, unless you use a mail client that synchronizes folders and caches messages, IMAP requires a constant connection while you read email. While this method is more convenient than POP3, this method generally requires more dedicated disk space than POP3 because users tend not to delete old email. However, if the users monitor their disk usage and delete old messages when necessary, IMAP is still viable on a mail server with limited resources. 

Web hosts and users generally prefer IMAP due to its convenience. Carefully consider your system’s available resources before you choose a courier.