Open Standards for Mobile Email are a good thing. The IETF Lemonade working group has been working to extend the Internet Standard IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) and SMTP (Simple Message Transfer Protocol) to meet advanced mobile requirements. I’ve been arguing until recently that Lemonade is the solution for open standards mobile messaging. This has an unfortunate secondary message: “open standards mobile messaging is not available yet”.
IMAP is a good open standard for Mobile Messaging, and does everything you need pretty well. So my new message is “IMAP is the solution for open standards mobile messaging and Lemonade makes it even better”. We’ve reflected this in updates to the Isode white paper Open Standards: The best approach for Mobile Messaging (that describes detailed benefits and functionality).
This post has been cross-posted from the Ferris Research newsletter.