As of September 12 2013, the IMAP protocol works with Outlook.com accounts. This means you can access your Outlook.com email with any email client that supports IMAP, including Outlook 2011, Thunderbird, and more.
This should make the Outlook 2013 users who want to import email into the Outlook.com servers happy, as you can move mail into the IMAP folders to sync up to the server, something not possible with EAS accounts. In fact, if you are only using Outlook.com for email and don't need to sync Outlook.com calendar and contacts to your desktop, setting the account up as an IMAP account could be a better option.
To set up an Outlook.com IMAP account in Outlook, you'll need to use the manual setup option. Server settings are below; don't forget to set the Outgoing Server tab (in More Settings) to authenticate with the mail server.
|Incoming IMAP Server:||imap-mail.outlook.com|
|Outgoing SMTP Server:||smtp-mail.outlook.com|
How to setup an IMAP account
You'll need to use the manual setup option when you configure an Outlook.com IMAP account in Outlook.
- Select Manual setup or additional server types and then click Next.
- Choose POP or IMAP from the next screen. Click Next.
- Enter your display name and email address and the Outlook.com IMAP server names. Use your email address for the account name and enter your password.
Incoming mail server: imap-mail.outlook.com
Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp-mail.outlook.com
- Click More Settings.
- On Outgoing Server tab, enable outgoing authentication, using the default of same as incoming.
- On Advanced tab, select SSL under Incoming Server (IMAP) and TLS for the Outgoing server. Change the Outgoing server to port 587. (The Incoming Server port should update to 993 automatically when you choose SSL).
- If you prefer to Purge your mail yourself, and not automatically when you change folders, change the setting at the bottom of the Advanced tab.
- Click Ok to return to the Add Account screen
- Adjust the Sync Slider if you want to sync more than the last 3 months to Outlook.
- Click Next to test the settings and exit the dialog.
Announcement on the Office blog: Outlook.com now has IMAP