It seems Microsoft has finally, grudgingly accepted that not everyone wants to use Exchange ActiveSync for syncing their email accounts (or, as Microsoft explains it, “there are still some devices and apps that haven’t made the upgrade to EAS”).
Whatever you guys say. Anyway, Microsoft’s Outlook email service now has IMAP (along with OAuth) support, so you can sync your Outlook inbox to pretty much every email client under the sun, since IMAP is more or less the working industry standard. That means you’ll be able to set up your Outlook inbox with Thunderbird or Mac Mail on Macs, but more intriguingly, it means you’ll be able to use apps that pull information from your inbox. Those apps mostly include shopping and travel apps like Slice and TripIt, which aggregate all of your online shopping history or travel plans into one easy-to-manage place.
IMAP support is available as of right now, although there might still be some kinks to work out on Microsoft’s end over the next few weeks.