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Microsoft Added IMAP And OAuth Support For

Microsoft Just Added IMAP And OAuth Support For  IMAP support paired with OAuth gives third party developers new avenues for developing apps and services that tap into your inbox. Now Outlook users can access from more third party applications including Mac Mail & thunderbird on Mac. 

Outlook Blog said, we're happy to announce the immediate availability of IMAP (and OAuth) for 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.

IMAP is widely supported on feature phones and other email clients such as those on a Mac. We heard your feedback loud and clear that this was important.

In addition to offering more complete device connectivity, IMAP (along with OAuth) gives developers opportunities to build third-party clients and services that offer value-added scenarios on top of your email. We are excited to launch the first set of services today that integrate with, and look forward to sharing many more in the future.

EAS: for the most robust access for syncing your email, calendar and contacts. When EAS is an option, you should always choose this. To see how to setup your device, follow these steps.

IMAP: 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

Source: Outlook Blog

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