Even though Outlook.com started to look more like Outlook Web App (OWA) from Exchange, which you might recognize from work or university, it was still being hosted on a completely different mail server infrastructure. That is about to change!
A lot has changed since this has been first announced. For the latest information and step-by-step instructions to reconfigure your Outlook.com or Hotmail account in Outlook see the guide; Outlook.com migration changes; What do I need to know and do?
The Outlook.com team has announced a whole lot of new features that are coming to Outlook.com soon. Some of them are; Clutter, Search Suggestions and Refiners, New Themes, Link preview, Inline images, Pop-out read and compose, Pins and Flags, and Add-ins.
The careful observer might have noticed that these are actually all already existing features of Exchange Online which is part of Office 365 for Business. Indeed; Outlook.com will become a free (but ad driven) Exchange mailbox!
This is great news as you can then actually configure your Outlook.com account as an Exchange mailbox instead of needing the Outlook Hotmail Connector or using the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) protocol in Outlook.
This is going to solve a whole lot of issues and limitations but there are some things to be aware of too…