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After more than a year, Outlook.com finally adds IMAP support

By Scorpus
Sep 13, 2013
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  1. Microsoft has finally added IMAP support to Outlook.com, more than a year after the service was unveiled as the successor to Hotmail. The feature, available immediately and in tandem with OAuth, gives third-party developers another option when it comes to...

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  2. Chazz

    Chazz TS Enthusiast Posts: 634   +60

  3. Michael Simon

    Michael Simon TS Rookie

    Chazz, I agree. Negative title for no reason except it is very fashionable to bash Microsoft.
     
  4. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +91

  5. Sarah Palin

    Sarah Palin TS Rookie

    I don't think people are bashing Microsoft because it is fashionable. I don't see anyone bashing HP, ASUS or Samsung. The negative comments came after Windows 8 was released. I do not remember anyone bashing Microsoft when Windows 7 was released. As I remember everyone was in love with Microsoft because of Windows 7. I loved Windows 7 and miss it dearly. That is what upsets me. I had an OS which I loved and Microsoft has decided that I can't have it anymore and they shoved Windows 8 at me and I hate Windows 8. The cell phone user interface which they put on PC's is ridiculous and quite frankly, embarrassing to use. They switched the placement of the gas pedal and brake pedal. They moved the steering wheel to the trunk and they made all the wheels square. Microsoft is square and we have brand new technology and exciting new OSes like iOS and Android and I hear that we will have the full Ubuntu on a cell phone next year. Things are too cool now for a Poindexter company like Microsoft to make it.
     
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  6. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Maniac Posts: 911   +22

    O, that microsoft. And Sarah Palin: Think about driving on the other side of the road like they do in europe.
     
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  7. johnniedoo

    johnniedoo TS Rookie

    I suppose that depends on which side of the Atlantic one resides as well. People make comparisons between auto customization as it was in the Hot Rod days and the current jargon used among computer Modders and Over-Clockers all the time. I still view the OS as a thing and do not fall in love with them, however, I liked the comment about 'putting a cell phone interface'... on a PC. I had read the pre release promotions on Win8 which did imply that MS was trying to make a real cross platform operating system to remove all the confusion and compatibility issues among all the many devices one person ,or family, etc may use in a day. It sounded logical , until I saw it and found out that there was to be a 'learning curve' attached. I like using Win7 even though I saw it as Vista re named since it had fewer changes, good ones, than an average service pack might. And, the opportunity to charge so many another new OS fee. I thought that was clever, dastardly , but clever since so many people voiced hatred of Vista.
    I am not going to change to Win8 simply because it would be a downgrade for me.
    John
     
  8. johnniedoo

    johnniedoo TS Rookie

    I forgot to attach the fact that I am a 9yr Hotmail user, at least that, and have been forced into Outlook even though my address stayed at hotmail.com. I did not like those initial changes either, it was toned down, in the style of Win8, Metro at that time. The name/feature/service change was the slowest phase in imaginable , considering the typical rush to market approach other MS software developed the reputation for...
    John
     
  9. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,169   +176

    It does but IMAP isn't a new protocol and for such a massive mail service and the competition, this feature is on the "required" checklists for a lot of people. When you are trying to compete with Yahoo, GMail etc, there are some people who just wouldn't consider a service without IMAP. I certainly stopped using Yahoo when they dropped POP support for their unpaid services (I think this has now been returned but the horse has bolted).
     
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  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,623   +320

    LOL, dude, its par for the course. You can try and throw fits, if you do it long enough, it does get into the staff's heads and it gets cleaned up a bit. But, really, catchy titles generate traffic, traffic = money. So good luck.
     
  11. johnniedoo

    johnniedoo TS Rookie

    I got sidetracked by the Win8 viewpoint and lost sight of the topic, sorry. I , too,dropped Yahoo and GMail from my daily routine. Yahoo had been my HomePage for a time, but as a non pay member I had to move along. I still maintain the account, just in case some older friends might use the address, same with GMail, though I use it more often. I have put a forward filter on many header triggers; I go there far less now.
    I continue with Outlook, I like it , almost went back to Yahoo 3 months ago but hung in. IMAP is no longer a deal breaker for me, it would have been important last year but I did with out because I liked Hotmail then. Now IMAP is not important at all , so they fire it up. I no longer depend on my email accounts for business and home , so the filters work well enough. I guess the comment about a long time coming is appropriate though. "it is not a new protocol" as was just pointed out was my initial response along with 'why did it take so long?'
    John
     
     
  12. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,018   +912

    About time. Now I just need the info in order to add it to my mail clients.
     
  13. Chazz

    Chazz TS Enthusiast Posts: 634   +60

    Change IMAP to EAS and then apply this statement to Gmail(as you suggest) and I can say the same thing. They removed support for this, not in a redesign(which never has feature parody on day one) for little reason. I've had to migrate from Gmail, an Email I loved and still consider the best, because Google wants to play sissy fight with Microsoft.

    But, whatever, Microsoft is bad. Should I sit on your right or your left? My right arm is stronger.
     


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