Google on Wednesday threw another bone to customers of Gmail, its free Web-based e-mail service. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company now allows people to download e-mail from any third-party account or forward their Gmail for free, or what's called POP (Post Office Protocol) access.
Gmail now offers POP3. Considering how gmail is innovative in its user experience and remote usability, I think it should now offer IMAP rather than POP. Quick web search reveals that sourceforge project gmailproxy develops gmail proxy that supports SMTP, POP3 and IMAP4.