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Configuring the email client with IMAP

IMAP protocol support allows email applications that support IMAP (including Outlook, Apple Mail, Thunderbird, and so on) to connect to and interact with Alfresco repositories.

Each user has their own set of mailboxes stored in Alfresco, for example, they have their own INBOX. Users can manage emails in Alfresco ECM, and the workflow, transformation, and permissions features are available.

In addition, Share sites can be nominated as IMAP Favorites. This means that the site contents show as a set of IMAP folders. Non-favorite sites are not shown.

A metadata extractor for IMAP emails (RFC822 messages) can extract values from the contents of the email message and store the values as Alfresco properties.

Note: Be careful when deciding what mount points you provide. When an IMAP client mounts a mount point, it issues a LSUB "" * command. This retrieves the entire tree of folders below the mount point. 

For information about working with Alfresco and Microsoft Outlook, see Installing and configuring Alfresco Outlook Integration.

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