mid-2016 mid-2017, all outlook.com accounts will be migrated to Office 365. When this happens, this page will be unneeded by most users. Outlook.com accounts will be configured as Exchange accounts in Outlook 2007 and up. Outlook 2003 users will still need to use POP3 or IMAP and Outlook 2007 users with more than one Outlook.com or Exchange account in their profile will need to use IMAP for the additional accounts (or new profiles). See Outlook.com Migration Status for the steps to remove the connector accounts and set it up as Exchange or IMAP. Articles on the new Outlook.com.
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.
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. Outlook 2007 doesn't support multiple Exchange accounts in one profile but you can add additional Outlook.com accounts to your profile as IMAP.
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.
These steps work with migrated Outlook.com accounts. Note that Outlook 2003 users will need to use port 35 or port 587 and SSL, not TLS, to send mail.
|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