BIMI ISP Status June 2022 (with forthcoming Apple support!)


It's time for another BIMI update, and this time it's chock full of new details that you'll want to know! So let's get right to it.

The Authindicators Working Group (the folks behind the BIMI spec) have just indicated that Apple plans BIMI support! The information published so far suggests that it's coming this fall to both iOS and MacOS. Beyond that, details are light; so don't ask me (or them) for greater definition just yet. I'm sure when they have details, they will share. And when they share, I will share.

Where does that leave us today? Here's your status update on ISP support for BIMI as of June, 2022.

  • Yes: Which ISPs/MBPs/email applications support BIMI today or plan to support it in the near future: Apple (iOS and MacOS email clients), Fastmail, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail. (This also includes Pobox, AOL/Netscape, and Google for Business)
  • Perhaps: Which ISPs are currently considering BIMI support: GMX, BT, Comcast, Qualitia, Seznam.cz, Yahoo Japan
  • Nope: Microsoft has not announced any planned support for BIMI and does not currently support BIMI.

If you'd like to learn more about BIMI, we here at Kickbox can help with that. We just recently did a live webinar where we explained all the ins and outs of BIMI, and you can find a recording of that webinar here. It's a great place to start if you're not sure how all of this works. Jennifer Nespola Lantz has also written a very informational blog post on the topic of BIMI, and I think it's worth checking out as well. (Jennifer and I are also available to consult, if you'd like somebody to personally guide you through all of this -- reach out to me to discuss!)

And don't forget to head on over to the BIMI Group website, published by the Authindicators Working Group, the folks involved in the industry collaboration behind the BIMI spec. Their site is chock full of BIMI-related guidance and tools.

Please feel free to steal the graphic above and share it elsewhere as desired. I tried to make it nice and big and clear and suitable for presentations.

(If you're wondering, who/what is Qualitia? So am I. They appear to be an email/email security platform provider based in Singapore. There appears to be another company in India called Qualitia, which, as far as I can tell, seems to be unrelated.)

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