"While IMAP is great at what it was designed for (connecting email clients to email servers in a standard way)" -- presumably you don't have any plans to deprecate this use of IMAP then? Or does this announcement apply to any and all Gmail access over IMAP? (If so, will this also apply to Google Apps email users?)
Sounds like a neat idea! Does that mean the Gmail IMAP implementation can be made to adhere to the IMAP standard so our "connecting email clients" does happen in a standard way?
Can you please build in public-private key encryption when sending/receiving via this API and between two gmail addresses?
Why not use a new open standard API, preferably RESTful, rather than own proprietary API? This new standard could be used by any mail provider for free.
@niu tech:"The Gmail API gives you flexible, RESTful access to the user's inbox, with a natural interface to Threads, Messages, Labels, Drafts, and History."Wow...didn't even bother to take a look first huh? First sentence even.
@James, you didn't get me. I know Gmail API is RESTful, but it's Gmail-only and proprietary. I was asking why not use a universal open standard, so that the same API could be used with any other mail provider. Just like POP, IMAP or Z-push are open.
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