For example Thunderbird has the POP3 option to "Leave messages on the server." If this is checked then you can check "For at most __ days." How does it delete your emails later? Does it tell the server at the time of downloading to wait however many days then delete the downloaded emails, or does it keep track of time itself and when receiving emails in the future delete them then?
Also, what would happen if you had it set to delayed delete your emails and then later set it to leave them. Would the ones that had been downloaded during the first period but hadn't been deleted yet be left alone or deleted like originally planned? I'm also wondering about the reverse of this. If you have your program leave your emails then switch to have it delete them, would all of them get deleted?
Do all POP3 clients treat these situations the same? I'm wondering specifically about Thunderbird and Windows Live Mail.