My school IT dept. has just disabled POP for all users, in their Outlook based system. I've only ever used POP, and I've organized all my mail locally in TB for decades, … (read more)
My school IT dept. has just disabled POP for all users, in their Outlook based system. I've only ever used POP, and I've organized all my mail locally in TB for decades, across dozens of email addresses. I avoid IMAP because I don't want my folder structure replicated in the cloud, and I don't want any of my data left on the server for more than 90 days. I also always use "place replies in the folder of the message being replied to", so I don't want anything messing with my Sent folder, or any other default folders. And I don't want any server side app with the ability to delete mail or make any changes to my local system. I hate webmail, and avoid using it completely, except for emergencies, so that's not a good option for me.
Now I have to set up IMAP for my school email, if I want to keep using TB for it, which I do. The existing account has been in TB on POP for 8 months already, and I don't want to split up my current activity from my history. I've never even set up IMAP before. How can I get IMAP set up to get as close as possible to the POP experience I prefer, in all the ways listed above? Has anyone come up with any clever strategies or workarounds? Are there any current features of IMAP that can minimize the impacts of all the downsides that made me decide to never adopt it from the beginning?
Thanks for any help with this.