Microsoft’s Outlook.com finally gets IMAP support

After a year of overhauling its email service, Microsoft announced what is easily one of the most requested features for Outlook.com— IMAP support. The Redmond-based company used an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit to announce the latest feature.

Microsoft execs also explained why they chose to add IMAP alongside their own Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) protocol support. “As an older protocol, IMAP is widely supported on feature phones and other email clients such as those on a Mac,” writes Steve Kafka. “We heard your feedback loud and clear that this was important.”

In addition to adding IMAP support, the company also added support for OAuth on its email service, which essentially will let developers to bring in third-party apps and services. Post the announcement, companies like TripIt, Sift, Slice, motley*bunch, Unroll.me, OtherInbox, and Context.io have already rolled out updates that offer tighter integration with Outlook accounts.

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