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Microsoft has added support for Internet message access protocol (IMAP) to Outlook.com, its web-based email service. Announced first on Reddit and later in a blog post, there's little practical impact in the change, other than posisbly encouraging more developers and users to point their email clients at Outlook.com. As …

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Microsoft adopts standard!

Well gosh.

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Re: Microsoft adopts standard!

Especially considering IMAP's only been around for 27 years, too!

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Damn. You both beat me to it.

Up-voted both of ya.

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Just wondering ......

Does the NSA get its own special OAuth token, just to make things a bit easier?

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Exchange also has IMAP, it is a service you need to start, well in fact, restart every now and then because it regularly crashes ...

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IMAP doesn't ever crash here across multiple exchange servers . Try updating from the RTM version...

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Can you hear the screams? Hell has frozen over.

Other than that you can see their reluctance in being forced into it from their press release which basically says we adopt this open standard but EAS is better. What they forgot to say is that EAS is a closed protocol that only MS controls.

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> "What they forgot to say is that EAS is a closed protocol that only MS controls."

From the perspective of Microsoft, that is better.

If you disagree you are a pinko, commie, Linus user.

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Yes, IMAP has been around for 27 years

And it hasn't really improved much in all that time.

It's still horrifically insecure and clunky.

I am extremely grateful of this article, though. I didn't realise I could connect to my Hotmail account using my Androids Exchange ActiveSync option (it has an option specifically for Hotmail, but it's pretty crap, only being able to view my inbox).

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Childcatcher

Plus ça change…

We no longer look for "man on the street" remarks to validate a point. Now, we go for "man with a tweet."

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At last!

Now I can configure my wife's Android phone to use a decent email client, rather than be forced to use the Outlook crap!

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Use the stock Android email client. Configure it as an Exchange account using the server m.hotmail.com

Username is your email address, password is the same as your password for logging into the website, domain you leave blank.

ActiveSync is better than IMAP for email on a phone, mainly because it uses less battery and bandwidth.

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i've waited so long to delete that stupid outlook microsoft / seven app from my android. it is an embarrasment to email in general.

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lol Of Course!

I spent the better part of four years dealing with Hotmail...dealing with Windows Live Mail to have a semblance of IMAP on my Hotmail account...

...scoured the internet for ways to incorporate Hotmail into a real mail client (such as Thunderbird)...

...acquiesced to using the Outlook Email Client so that I could use my Hotmail account, but that was at the expense of my other, IMAP-activated accounts which, for some unknown reason, would not refresh without being clicked on (what use is that????)...

...spent the better part of two months searching for a non GMail email account that offered IMAP services to replace my Hotmail account...

...resisted the urge to really dig into Outlook.com because of the apparent abandonment by Microsoft on this IMAP issue...

...Spent approximately a week last year transferring all of the email that I could from Hotmail to GMail through the Windows Live Mail client (talk about laborious)...lost some of my email trying to do things that way as well (the time stamps got messed up on quite a few emails...

.....!!!!!!

And now you activate IMAP?!?! I have so many words for you, Microsoft...but I don't want this comment to get flagged...

Either way... cool... It's about time, I guess... But don't worry, Outlook will NOT become my main email service anytime soon...or later...

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