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>And why Microsoft chose to neglect this extremely popular, simple, and
>efficient way to fetch mail via a dial-up connection is quite beyond me.
Read the Internet RFCs, and perhaps the reason will come within your grasp.
In short, POP3 is a _client_ protocol, not a _server_ protocol, and so it is
not supported by Exchange _Server_, although it is supported by Microsoft
e-mail _clients_ such as Outlook. Microsoft makes the important distinction
between clients and servers, just like the RFCs upon which Internet mail is
based. I see no mystery here.
Quote:>Yes, I've heard all the arguments against using POP3 as a means to get
>mail into Exchange Server, and it still doesn't wash.
Exchange Server uses SMTP exclusively to exchange mail with other Internet
mailers, in complete conformance with the Internet RFCs that define the
protocols for transfer of Internet mail. Are you opposed to a
standards-based messaging solution?
Quote:>In MY market segment (small business) dial-up connectivity is
>the norm (full time connections being prohibitively expensive)
>and finding an ISP who can, or will, deal with dial-up SMTP issues
Then an untapped market is just waiting for ISPs who have the competence and
will to expend the effort to do things right for their customers.
Quote:>More to the point, why should I or my customers HAVE to seek
>out such a provider, when a POP3 domain mailbox is so dirt
>simple to deal with?
Because there is enormous value in adhering to standards and doing things
right the first time. Some companies recognize this, and others don't.
All Internet mailers work this way, because they all use SMTP, by
definition. Exchange is not an exception to the rule.