Better late than never. Outlook.com webmail now supports IMAP. To retrieve Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail) emails on a third party application, it was until now necessary to use the POP protocol, less convenient in most cases because it does not synchronize the status of messages, or Exchange ActiveSync, the proprietary solution from Microsoft that Google will abandon and which is not available everywhere.

Microsoft finally announced yesterday that the IMAP standard is supported by Outlook.com. To synchronize your IMAP mails with third party applications, the parameters to be entered are as follows:

– Incoming mail server (IMAP) :

Server address: imap-mail.outlook.com

Port : 993

Encrypted connection : SSL

– Outgoing mail server (SMTP)

Server address: smtp-mail.outlook.com

Port: 25 (or 587 if 25 is blocked)

Authentication: yes

Encrypted connection : TLS

– Username: your email address

– Password: your password

In the Mail application of OS X, you have to open the Preferences, then the Accountssection. To configure the account in IMAP, in the window Add an account, press the ALT key so that the button Create is replaced by a button Continue.