Microsoft has this week rolled out an update to their Outlook .com webmail service that has finally added support for IMPA accounts or Internet message access protocol.
As well as IMAP support Microsoft also added OAuth which helps applications and software connect to the Outlook .com service if they do not support EAS, such as Mac Mail and Thunderbird on a Mac.
Microsoft explains a little more as to why they have now seen fit to add support for IMAP to their Outlook .com webmail service:
“While we believe that EAS is the most robust protocol for connecting to your email, with syncing in near real time, and superior battery and network efficiency, there are still some devices and apps that haven’t made the upgrade to EAS. As an older protocol, 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 Outlook.com email. We are excited to launch the first set of services today that integrate with Outlook.com, and look forward to sharing many more in the future.”
For more information on the new Outlook .com IMAP and OAuth support jump over to the Microsoft website for details.