Outlook.com IMAP Support and Reddit AMA

In a recent AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit, and grabbing some nice karma in the process, the Outlook.com team has made the announcement that they now support IMAP and OAuth. While it already supported EAS (Exchange Activesync), it now allows more devices and applications to access the service, giving you more options to use your email.

There are several applications that have taken advantage of the new feature, including TripIT, Slice, motely*bunch, Unroll.me and several others.

There were a lot of questions answered in the AMA, with 947 questions. It is nice to see that the team has a great sense of humor and are pretty humble. Seems like a great bunch of people.

How to set up IMAP

To configure your client to use the new IMAP feature of Outlook.com, use the following settings:

Incoming IMAP
Server: imap-mail.outlook.com
Server port: 993
Encryption: SSL

Outgoing SMTP
Server: smtp-mail.outlook.com
Server port: 587
Encryption:  TLS

Thanks to the Outlook.com team for the AMA and for the great new IMAP feature, as well as other smaller but very welcome additions.

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