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How to Connect to using IMAP

Microsoft has rolled out IMAP support for account which previously supported only POP3 or Post Office Protocol. In case you do not know, Internet Message Access Protocol (commonly known as IMAP) is an application Layer Internet protocol that allows an e-mail client to access e-mail on a remote mail server. When compared to POP3, IMAP allows users to log into many different email clients or webmail interfaces or apps and view the same emails, because the emails are kept on remote email servers until the user deletes them. This is useful as user does not have to download all the emails on to the client app and the mailbox size is limited.

Now coming back, now supports IMAP, this means you can configure and use (Hotmail) accounts on different web based or desktop or mobile apps using this protocol.

How to Configure using IMAP:

If you want to configure using IMAP, then use the server details mentioned below.

IMAP settings for email synchronization on feature phones, and for apps that haven’t updated to EAS, like Mac Mail Thunderbird. It’s also quite popular for value-added email experiences like the ones above.  To configure your mail client to use IMAP, use the following settings:

  • Incoming IMAP
    • Server:
    • Server port: 993
    • Encryption: SSL
  • Outgoing SMTP
    • Server:
    • Server port: 587
    • Encryption:  TLS

If your email client supports EAS, then you can probably use EAS to set up Microsoft also announced support for third apps like TripIt, Sift, Slice, motley bunch,, OtherInbox, and Context.IO. These apps have taken advantage of’s new IMAP capability and are rolling out updates today that allow their apps and services to integrate with your email.

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Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. He can be contacted at You can find Nirmal on , and .

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