|Stands for ‘Internet Message Access Protocol’||Stands for ‘Post Office Protocol 3’|
|Uses port TCP:143||Uses port TCP:110|
|RFC 1730||RFC 1939|
|Allows email client to access/ manipulate messages on a server||Allows email client to download emails locally|
|Saves bandwidth as only email headers are displayed in client.||Consumes bandwidth as entire email message gets downloaded|
|Since messages are stored in server, email messages are accessible from anywhere||Email message can be viewed from the machine where email was downloaded.|
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