Gmail’s latest move isn’t the end of email, it’s a new beginning
Google announced that any app could now talk to Gmail using today’s faster, more modern languages — languages that every web developer speaks. The Gmail API lets you ask Google for threads, messages, drafts, and labels three to ten times faster than with IMAP, Google says — but, the company says that it shouldn’t be used to replace IMAP. There are two reasons for this: first, the Gmail API can’t deliver push notifications (yet), and second, there are limits on the number of API requests you can make per day, which could cause trouble for people with large inboxes.

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