Outlook.com finally receives IMAP support, lets developers tap into your inbox


During an "Ask Me Anything" session on the popular Reddit website, Microsoft's Outlook team unveiled IMAP support for the email service. Along with IMAP support paired with OAuth, Microsoft revealed that third party developers can develop services that tap into your Outlook.com inbox.

"Outlook.com already supports the industry's best email connectivity with Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), which is available on the majority of smartphones and tablets, including Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices, as well as the Windows 8 Mail app and Outlook 2013. With today's announcement, we now have a richer email experience across devices and apps, including those not using EAS, such as Mac Mail and Thunderbird on a Mac," Microsoft stated in an official blog post.

Not only does IMAP offer more device connectivity, it also allows developers to create third-party clients and services that can add more to your Outlook.com email experience. Hit the source link to take a look at some of the examples of services that can tap into your inbox. 

Here are the details to get IMAP working:

Incoming IMAP:

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

Outgoing SMTP:

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

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