As of September 12 2013, the IMAP protocol was enabled on Outlook.com accounts. This means you can access your Outlook.com email with any email client that supports IMAP, including Outlook 2011, Thunderbird, and more.
This will be especially handy for this Outlook 2013 users who want to import email into the Outlook.com servers, as you can move mail into the IMAP folders to sync up to the server.
To set up an Outlook.com IMAP account in Outlook, you'll need to use the manual setup option.
- Select Manual setup or additional server types and then click Next.
- Choose POP or IMAP from the next screen. Click Next.
- Enter your display name and email address and the Outlook.com IMAP server names. Use your email address for the account name and enter your password.
Incoming mail server: imap-mail.outlook.com
Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp-mail.outlook.com
- Click More Settings.
- On Outgoing Server tab, enable outgoing authentication, using the default of
- On Advanced tab, select SSL under Incoming Server (IMAP) and TLS for the Outgoing server. Change the Outgoing server to port 587. (The Incoming Server port should update to 993 automatically when you choose SSL).
- Click Ok to return to the Add Account screen and then click Next to test the servers and exit the dialog.
Incoming IMAP Server: imap-mail.outlook.com
Server port: 993
Outgoing SMTP Server: smtp-mail.outlook.com
Server port: 587
Outlook 2011 for Mac
Outlook 2011 users will new to use a manual setup, at least short-term. Autodiscovery will eventually be updated to choose IMAP, but for now, use the manual method with the server names above. You'll need to change the SMTP port and both SSL boxes should be checked, as seen in this screenshot.
Office Blog: Outlook.com now has IMAP
Last reviewed on September 13, 2013.