Microsoft did enable IMAP support on Outlook.com a couple of days ago improving the connectivity of the company's email service significantly. Previously, Outlook.com users only had the option to enable POP3 connectivity or use Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) on devices and systems that support it.
Pop3 support ensured that you were able to connect your Outlook email account to clients such as Thunderbird or Mac Mail, and while that is a good thing, some may have preferred to use IMAP instead for that.
Microsoft did add IMAP support to Outlook.com to improve support for devices and applications that do not support EAS. This includes the two email clients mentioned in the last paragraph, other email programs and also the majority of feature phones.
It is interesting to note that IMAP does not have to be enabled first on the Outlook.com website before you can make use of it. This is different from Pop3 access which you have to enable under Options > Managing your account > Connect devices and apps with POP.
The following settings need to be used to configure an email client to use IMAP to connect to an Outlook.com email address:
Let me show you how you would configure the Outlook.com account in Mozilla Thunderbird, my default email client.
The IMAP configuration in different email programs or apps may differ from how this is done in Thunderbird. The values and parameters that you need to enter remain the same though, so that you only need to figure out how to add a new IMAP account in your email client of choice.
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