Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Dec 2012 00:03 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft has just responded to Google's move regarding Exchange ActiveSync. Sadly, instead of addressing the very real problems consumers are about to face, Microsoft starts talking about switching to Outlook.com.
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RE[5]: Comment by lucas_maximus
by tylerdurden on Tue 18th Dec 2012 19:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by lucas_maximus"
tylerdurden
Member since:
2009-03-17

Microsoft explicitly discourages the use of POP/SMTP on their outlook.com service, and they don't guarantee their pop server will be there in the future. The only thing that Microsoft has said about IMAP support is that they may or may not support it at some point in the future or ever. And then there is the matter of CalDav, etc. So yeah, Microsoft plays politics just like everybody else.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

They've explicitly said IMAP support is coming.

The fact of the matter is that once it does come, Microsoft will support EAS, POP, and IMAP. The only missing piece of the puzzle will be the DAV suite. Which I've already said I hope they change their tune on.

The difference being that Microsoft isn't displacing prospective IMAP users, because there was never the expectation that it would be there prior to their announcement.

The equivalent of what Google did would be Microsoft dumping EAS and moving to IMAP with a 2month migration Window. That is irresponsible on Google's part.

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

I know it is traditional for microsofties to equate "vapor/vague promise" with "shipping product/feature." But come on...

I hate to repeat myself; microsoft haven't provided a time table or any sort of corporate commitment for IMAP support. Furthermore their POP support is flaky and its use is discouraged explicitly (in the actual meaning of the word). And there is ZERO support for DAV suite, unless you use 3rd party plugins. So if my mail user experience depends on protocols that are not proprietary to microsoft, I'm basically shit out of luck with outlook.com. Which flies directly in the face of your narrative.


PS. You keep using that term "the fact of the matter" which does not mean what you want it to mean: "your personal opinion on the matter."

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Existing connections will still function. They are not shutting down the service. New connections will not be available after Jan

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